Annual Children’s Rodeo Scheduled for September 15

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September means rodeo fun in Pendleton and for the IMESD! The annual Children’s Rodeo will occur on Thursday, September 15 at 10:30 AM in the Round-Up Grounds. This annual event, celebrating 32 years in 2016, provides children with special needs ages 5 through 12 years the opportunity to be cowboys and cowgirls inside the famous Round-Up Arena. About 50 children from around the region are expected to be rodeo “contestants” this year.

Children participate in various activities that include riding horses, barrel racing on stick ponies, riding a pretend bull, Native American drumming and more. Participants will also be able to enjoy the theme of the day, Tough Enough to Wear Pink. Each participant receives a T-shirt, cowboy hat, lariat, scarf, trophy and a photo with their cowboy volunteer.

Dozens of volunteers, including PRCA and local cowboys and cowgirls, IMESD volunteers, Round-Up volunteers and community members work to make the Children’s Rodeo a success each year.

“We are so fortunate to have great support from the Round-Up, our sponsors and all of our volunteers to provide such a valuable experience for these kids,” said Children’s Rodeo Director Karen Parker.

The Children’s Rodeo is sponsored by the Pendleton Round-Up Association and the IMESD. Other contributors are Swire Coca Cola, Pendleton Rotary and Walmart.

For more information about the Children’s Rodeo, please contact: Director Karen Parker, 541-966-3177 or

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