Children’s Rodeo ready to Let ‘er Buck Sept. 14

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The Children’s Rodeo will mark its 27th year while bringing smiles to the faces of children with special needs on Wednesday, Sept. 14, just before the main Pendleton Round-Up rodeo event.

“This is really one of the greatest events of the Round-Up,” said Children’s Rodeo Director Karen Parker, who has been a part of the event for nearly 25 years. “Some of the kids who participate have never had a crowd cheering for them before, and this is just such a unique way to bring them some joy.”

The Children’s Rodeo is sponsored by the Pendleton Round-Up Association, 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. 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 27 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. 14 at approximately 11:45 a.m., right after slack, and ends at around 12:45 p.m. before the rodeo begins.


*Media: Please contact IMESD Communications Coordinator 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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