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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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