Children's Rodeo Happens Thursday September 14

Photo: boy in cowboy hat

The InterMountain Education Service District’s (IMESD) Children’s Rodeo will occur on Thursday, September 14 at 10:30 AM in the Round-Up Grounds. This annual event, celebrating 33 years, provides children with special needs ages 5 through 10 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.

The Children's Rodeo is FREE and Open to the Public. Admittance to the Children's Rodeo does not include entrance to the Round-Up rodeo at 1:15 PM.

At the Children's Rodeo, contestants 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, local businesses 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 the Let ‘er Buck Room, Pendleton Rotary, Swire Coca Cola, and Walmart.

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

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