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Oregon’s Famous Pendleton Round Up Returns in 2021

Cowboy boots in Pendleton.

The Pendleton Round-Up is one of the United States’ most famous annual rodeo events. Round-Up Week includes everything from professional bull riders and barrel racers, to beauty pageants and wild cow milking. Far from a force to be trifled with, the Round-Up is part of the PRCA, and has even been inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame. If you’re serious about rodeos and the American West, you’ve got to get to Pendleton!

Proud East Oregonians have hosted the Round-Up every second full week of September for over 110 years. The only cancellations on record were in 1943-44, during World War II, and 2020, due to coronavirus. But with the pandemic on the retreat, Eastern Oregon’s Umatilla County is back in the saddle again, and the Round-Up’s Board of Directors has given the okay to let’er buck!

Whether you’re driving in from Portland for an annual family trip, or flying in from out of state to enjoy the festivities for your first time, we hope the following information helps you out!

Pendleton Round-Up 2021 Dates

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The Round-Up includes a series of events that start with a concert on September 11th and end with a “Night Show” on September 18th, both at the Happy Canyon Arena. Bbefore the main course is even served, tours of the round-up grounds at Pendleton Round-Up Stadium and the Happy Canyon Round-Up Association Headquarters run from Jun 19th to September 4th. Below is a list of essential dates and events:

September 11: Dress Up Parade, Kick-off concert

September 13: Team roping, Barrel racing, Bull riding

September 14: Tie down roping, Steer wrestling, Steer roping, Team roping

September 15 (Farmers Ending Hunger Day): Cowboy breakfast (cowgirls welcome), Bareback riding, Tie down roping, Saddle bronc, Steer wrestling, Team roping, PBR Bull riding, Native American dancing, Wild cow milking, Round-Up Barbecue

September 16 (Tough Enough to Wear Pink Day): Cowboy breakfast, Junior American Indian Beauty Contest, Children’s rodeo, Bareback riding, Tie down roping, Saddle bronc, Steer wrestling, Team roping, Bull riding, Native American dancing, Wild cow milking

September 17: Cowboy breakfast, American Indian Beauty Contest, Westward Ho! Parade, Bareback riding, Tie down roping, Saddle bronc, Steer wrestling, Team roping, Bull riding, Native American dancing, Wild cow milking, Happy Canyon Night Show

September 18 (Wrangler National Patriot Day): Tribal Ceremonial Dancing, Bareback riding, Tie down roping, Saddle bronc, Steer wrestling, Team roping, Bull riding, Native American dancing, Wild cow milking, Happy Canyon Night Show

Pendleton Round-Up Tickets

Before you mosey up the grandstands to enjoy this 111-year-old Wild West Show, you’ve got a lot of ticket options to attend to. In fact, it’s way more than we can go over here. From specific events, to particular seats, you’ve got your work cut out for you. Just so, it’s best to head over to pendletonroundup.com to sort things out.

Pendleton Round-Up Store

Looking for some slick “Let’er Buck Cares” gear to show your support for the Oregon Community Foundation? You don’t have to work in the governor’s office to show much you love the Beaver State! For a range of Round-Up merch, head on over to shop.pendletonroundup.com.

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