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The population of Joseph swells from 1,000 to nearly 10,000 during Chief Joseph Days, when spectators come to celebrate cowboys and Nez Perce Indians.
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The Sisters Rodeo is competition in its unadulterated form. No fairs, no parades, no games — just the 20,0000 spectators who invade this small Western town to see pure cowboy and cowgirl competition. Photo: Mike Houska
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Cattle wrangling and bull fighting date back to the 16th century, but the modernized rodeo includes family-friendly activities too. Kids' cattle competitions, livestock viewing, stick horse races and parades retell the story of cowboy culture on the western frontier. Photo: Mike Husk
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The Crooked River Roundup in Prineville kicks off with a traffic-stopping cattle drive through downtown. The town maintains the Wild West momentum for five days with: a chili feed, a fun run, a horse race, a fair and of course, heart-pumping rodeo events such as cattle wrangling. Photo: Chris Mather
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Bareback riding is one of the most notorious events in the arena, but regulars to the Pendleton Round-Up are no strangers to daring exhibitions. Oregon's most famous rodeo (and one of the largest in the world) takes place in September. Photo: Andrea Johnson
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Pay tribute to pioneers of the rodeo with a glimpse back in time at the Westward Ho! Parade. Witness the Oregon Trail procession of oxen-drawn covered wagons, buggies, surreys and riding groups through downtown Pendleton. Photo: Susan Seubert
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Experience Oregon's rich Native American history at the Pi-Ume-Sha ("let's celebrate") Treaty Days Powwow, part of the Warm Springs All-Indian Rodeo. The weekend consists of drumming, dancing, arts and crafts, storytelling and authentic food. Photo: Christian Heeb
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Witness some of the roughest and toughest competitions in the corral at Willamette Valley's St. Paul Rodeo. The annual affair happens in July. Photo: Bob Pool

This summer celebrates the state’s rich tradition of rodeo, including the iconic Pendleton Round-Up. Parade, dance, watch bronc riding and horse races, or even try your hand at wrangling a calf. There’s no shortage of exciting things to do and see at these family-friendly heritage events. You just need a cowboy hat, a friendly smile and a “howdy.”

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