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Pendleton Round-Up Sept. 15–18 Pendleton, Ore. 800-457-6336, pendletonroundup.com
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Pendleton Round-Up Sept. 15–18 Pendleton, Ore. 800-457-6336, pendletonroundup.com

Pendleton Round-Up

Sept. 15–18

Pendleton, Ore.

800-457-6336, pendletonroundup.com

Set to celebrate its 100th anniversary inSet to celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2010, the Pendleton Round- Up continues to thrive as one of the West’s oldest and largest rodeos. When 7,000 people showed up to the first Round-Up in 1910—“the largest crowd in Pendleton’s history,” one newspaper reported—the event seemed destined to grow. Held in small town Pendleton, Ore., today’s event draws upward of 50,000 spectators for four days of rodeo, pageants, parades, and crafts. The one-of-a-kind grass field is unique on the rodeo circuit, and a serious challenge for many competitors. To celebrate its centennial, the Round-Up folks will also unveil new and improved covered grandstands.

Feb. 12–14

Spirit of the West Cowboy Gathering

Ellensburg, Wash.

888-925-2204, ellensburgcowboygathering.com

Cowboy poetry, music, art and gear make this event a hub of cowboy culture.

June 21–26

National Oldtime Fiddlers’ Contest and Festival

Weiser, Idaho

208-414-0255, fiddlecontest.com

Sept. 10–12

Hells Canyon Mule Days

Enterprise, Ore.

888-323-3271, hellscanyonmuledays.com

April 7–10

Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo

Pocatello, Idaho

208-233-1546

August 6–8

1860 Days Celebration

Pierce/Weippe, Idaho

208-435-4406, pierce-weippechamber.com

Pierce/Weippe, Idaho

You’ll feel like it’s 1860 again during this festival that celebrates Idaho’s first Gold Rush settlement.