PENDLETON, Oregon – The Pendleton Round-Up enters the third day with more rodeo action set to go on the grass arena. Going into the day, Blaine Kaufman of Prairie City, Kansas leads the bareback riders with 85 points on CC Valley of the Four Star Rodeo Company. It was a familiar horse for the cowboy.
“That was the horse I had here a couple of years ago and she ended up flipping on me then and broke the rigging, so I was pretty tickled when I seen what I had today because I knew what she was going to be, and what I could be on her,” he said.
Kaufman said the horses in Pendleton are so good that he doesn’t care which one he’s riding in the short round.
Before today’s rodeo action gets going, there’s a dose of beauty to be enjoyed in the Round-Up City. The American Indian Beauty Contest starts at 9 a.m. on Main Street. The Junior American Indian Beauty Contest is at 10 a.m. in Roy Raley Park.
The Westward Ho! Parade also goes through town starting at 10 a.m. This unique historic procession is the longest parade in the U.S. that doesn’t allow any motorized vehicles. The 2018 grand marshal is long-time volunteer and wagon master Bill Dawson.
Pendleton Public Works Director Bob Patterson says the most magical day of Round-Up week is the day after. He says it never ceases to amaze him how clean the city will be in such a short time.
“I just love coming down 10th Street from where I live Sunday morning, or even Main Street,” he said. “It’s like nothing happened.”
Patterson says volunteers and city crews begin the cleanup process at about 2 a.m. and by the time the sun comes up, the city is clean again.