Children’s Rodeo adds ‘moo’est event on Sept. 12

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The Children’s Rodeo will mark its 28th year with a brand “moo” event on Wednesday, Sept. 12, just before the main Pendleton Round-Up rodeo event. The Children’s Rodeo – which provides special needs children an opportunity to be cowboys and cowgirls for a day – will debut a milking cow on a float promoting the event during the Main Street Cowboys’ Dress-Up Parade this Saturday.

“We are so excited about our new milking cow,” said Children’s Rodeo Director Karen Parker, who has been a part of the event for 25 years. “It’s been quite a few years since we’ve added a new activity to the Children’s Rodeo, and we’re hoping the cow will become as popular as some of the other events, like the bucking bull and horses.”

The milking cow doesn’t actually moo – she is made out of plywood and has an artificial udder for milking. However, the cow is nearly life-size and liquid will come out of its artificial udder when the children “milk” it.

The Children’s Rodeo is sponsored by the Pendleton Round-Up Association and the InterMountain Education Service District, and is an annual event the Wednesday of Round-Up week. Special needs children from around Eastern Oregon are given the opportunity to participate in rodeo-related activities in the famous Round-Up Arena with the help of volunteers, including PRCA and local cowboys. Besides the new cow, activities include riding a horse, riding in a horse-drawn buggy, riding a hand-rocked pretend bull, roping a pretend steer, barrel racing on stick ponies and pulling a ribbon off a goat’s tail.

In addition to the hundreds of family members, friends and other supporters who come out to cheer on the Children’s Rodeo participants from the stands, elementary schools from the region also attend to support their classmates and friends. The Round-Up Association donates rodeo tickets to the children from these schools so that they may attend both the Children’s Rodeo and the Round-Up main event.

“The Round-Up Association has been such an awesome partner and supporter of the Children’s Rodeo for 28 years,” Parker said. “We really can’t thank them enough for what they do for us and these kids.”

Each Children’s Rodeo participant will receive a t-shirt, cowboy hat, lariat, scarf, trophy and a photo with their cowboy volunteer.

This year’s event is on Sept. 12 at approximately 11:30 a.m., right after slack, and ends at around 12:30 p.m. before the rodeo begins.


*Media: Please contact IMESD Communications Director Casey White ( or 541-966-3115) if you plan to attend the Children’s Rodeo to ensure entry into the Round-Up Grounds and Arena.

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