Are you ready for the hurricane that is
The Pendleton Round-Up!
There are only a few weeks left until the big show. The Pendleton Round-Up winds are gaining energy, the barometric pressure is dropping, the locals are starting to leave town and only bravest of souls are left. A storm surge is building in the small town of Pendleton, Oregon and when this storm hits mainland, you want to be here to see it. I have to decided to ride out this hurricane I call, The World Famous Pendleton Round-Up!
When a storm of this magnitude is so close to mainland, most sane Americans hit the road, but not in this case. Everyday, more and more locals are stopping by my office to share stories of relatives picking up their camp wagons to start their long journey out west to take part in the 101st annual Pendleton Round-Up Sept. 14-17 2011. I had a customer come in today and tell me about his relatives wanting to stay in an Indian teepee and he’s going to make it happen. The town is battening down the hatches to make sure rodeo fans will be blown away.
Twitter is buzzing (Follow @pendroundup) with stories and praise from bull riders, bull fighters, team ropers, cowboys, cowgirls and rodeo fans all over these great United States. The charge on Facebook is being led by Pendleton Round-Up on Facebook and all of their 15,241 fans: read the stories, share the photos and most importantly the friends.
By the time the Round-Up Hurricane touches down, the town of Pendleton will have grown 3-4 times its original size of 15,000 for the four-day event. If you only come to see the rodeo you will miss all the other great people and events. Here are my recommendation when visiting Pendleton during Round-Up. Click the links below for more information.
The 2011 court represents the Round-Up and the entire community as they set the stage for this year’s event. Round-Up Royalty is always looked upon as the benchmark for rodeo courts and these young women promote the Pendleton Round-Up with the same quality and class as previous court members have done. One of my dear friends was Round-Up Royalty, Hi Annie!
Get a ticket today. Happy Canyon Indian Pageant and Wild West show “…depicts the settling of the American West, beginning with a portrayal of the Native American way of life prior to the arrival of the white man, continuing with the arrival of Lewis and Clark, followed by the prairie schooners of the pioneers of the Oregon Trail and concluding with a reenactment of a frontier town’s rollicking main street mishaps.” The show run September 14th-17th 2011. Show begins promptly at 7:45 p.m. Price: $10.00-$17.00.
The concert kicks off the week-long Pendleton Round-Up and Happy Canyon celebration on the Saturday before Round-Up in The Happy Canyon Arena. Ticket information.
Ronnie Dunn, a familiar voice in country music will take the stage at the Round-Up & Happy Canyon Concert on September 10. Ronnie Dunn made his mark as half of the duo Brooks & Dunn. Ronnie Dunn will be the starring act at the concert that kicks off a week of festivities.
Bull Riding Anyone?
Happy Canyon Arena hosts the world’s best cowboys mounted on the meanest bulls the Monday and Tuesday before Round-Up begins. Ticket information. Welcome to the PBR….The toughest sport on dirt.
Take a Tour of Pendleton’s mysterious and historic underground! Pendleton Underground Tours ( P.U.T.) is a non-profit corporation that started in 1989, giving tours of Pendleton’s red light district. The tour was very controversial because part of the subject matter is about gambling, the Chinese, bootlegging and prostitution. In 1990, after opening the “Cozy Rooms” bordello, Chinese jails and the Opium Den, the tour became even more questionable. The history of legal and illegal businesses operating in the same area for over 100 years makes the tour unique and like no other tour anywhere. The history of the Chinese in Eastern Oregon and their role in building the west is also unique. The tour is entertaining and interesting to all ages from 6 years old to 95 years old there is something for every member of the family. Brooke will take care of you and don’t be afraid to tell her your best joke. Make sure you call ahead to schedule your tour! Follow on Twitter @pendunderground
Rugged Country Chic is a local Pendleton, Oregon operated business. They specialize in western jewelry, but they can make any kind of handmade jewelry. They also have Dog collars, Rhinestones, Sunglasses, Flip Flops, Key chains. “We Love our work and strive to make our customers Happy.” Check out their website and get your custom made authentic western jewelery! Katie will get you looking hot for the Pendleton Round-Up call (541) 310-7876 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org also Rugged Country Chic on Facebook
Marla June’s features Brighton Jewelry along with unique jewelry made by local artists.Handbags by Brighton, Hobo, Jessica Simpson, Rian, The Sak and Latico.Marla June’s specializes in women’s fashions for casual, business or fun. Marla will help you find what you need.
The Hamley family moved to Pendleton 106 years ago and brought their saddle-making talents with them. Hamley & Co. of Pendleton has since become synonymous with top quality leatherwork and western goods. The store is the epitome of a Western store with clothing, tack, saddles, along with amazing bronze statues and historic merchandise cases and furniture. Watch the saddle makers crafting saddles to fit both cowboy and horse and carving the leather by hand, and visit the western art gallery on the mezzanine.
I know you need a cold drink! A business on Main Street called the “State Saloon and Banquet” first opened its doors in 1883. Now, 127 years later, it is known as The Rainbow Café, and is the oldest business in town in its original location and still doing the same kind of business. You’ll enjoy the historic photographs of past Pendleton Round-Up All Around Champions that line the walls. I Play for the Rainbow 9 ball pool team and we were champs last year! When ordering a drink ask for Jeff say Chris sent ya.
It is difficult to understand what a unique tribute to the West the Hamley’s store and adjacent Steak House are. Historic back bars have been sought out from all over the west to put in the event rooms. The bank counter from Belle Fourche that was robbed by Jesse James and a rack of buffalo coats among numerous antiques and art add to the warm ambiance and experience. Looking for stiff drink? Ask Kristen to make you her special.
The legend rides on!
Welcome to Pendleton’s First Craft Brewery! Pendleton, Oregon. A small agricultural town located at the foothills of the beautiful Blue Mountains. And now home to some of the best beers in the state. We’re passionate about fermentation and it shows in our brews. Whether it’s a dry-hopped Northwest IPA or a malt-heavy Porter, the Prodigal Son Brewry is dedicated to exploring the possibilities of grain, hops and yeast. Creativity is something we value in our Ales and it’s our goal to incorporate regional ingredients into beers that go beyond convention. Brewing to style is not our objective; we prefer to focus our explorations on the potential of beer. Try my favorite adult beverage A Beer Named Sue!
That should get you started!
I wish I could name all the places I love to hang during The Pendleton Round-Up, but I wouldn’t get any sleep tonight and seeing The Pendleton Round-Up is way better in person. 🙂
Are you ready for the Round-Up Hurricane? I am! I’m ready for a cat 7 to blow my roof off and make my windows shake!
With all this hurricane talk, wind blowing and rocking your world, you can experience the little things too. Personally, I’ve been anticipating the smell of corn dogs and horse crap for way to long. If you haven’t had that aromatic concoction invade you nostrils, it’s a beautiful thing and there ain’t nothing like it. See you at The Pendleton Round-Up and Let’er Buck