Changes coming to the 2021 rodeo experience
Reride 75 kicks off next week, and people can expect to see some changes and some additions when they head over to the rodeo grounds.
Rodeo viewers will have more than one viewing option as the Crooked River Roundup resumes following its COVID-caused postponement in 2020. In addition to seating in the grandstands, a new Live Zone has been added under the big tent east of the outdoor arena. Inside the arena, Room 75 will occupy a space directly in front of the grandstands, as close to the rodeo action as possible.
"We are expecting a great turn out, ticket sales are strong," said Roundup spokesperson Wendie Every of Every Idea Marketing. "This is now the only outdoor PRCA sanctioned rodeo in Central Oregon this year."
The Live Zone is presented as an ultimate rodeo party for fans 21 and older who prefer not to socialize but not sit in the grandstands. It will feature multiple video walls livestreaming the rodeo, an exclusive bar and access to "Main Street," where fans can find a variety of new food and beverage vendors as well as official Roundup merchandise.
Room 75 is intended to provide a VIP experience for adults. In addition to the close-up seating, the venue will be catered and have its own exclusive bar. Tickets include gift bags with Roundup merchandise and commemorative chits for four free drinks per person.
Tickets to the Live Zone and Room 75 are available at CrookedRiverRoundup.com.
Along with the new viewing options, rodeo enthusiasts will be entertained this year by the Eh Capa Bareback Riders.
"Eh Capa has been thrilling audiences with their exceptional and courageous riding skills at rodeos, horse shows, parades and various other venues for over 60 years," Every said. "What started as a casual riding group for youth has become a renowned performance and specialty act that travels the PRCA rodeo circuit throughout the West."
Every went on to say that the approximately 30 riders "excite audiences with their fast-paced, eight- to 20-minute display of exquisite bareback and bridle-less riding, loping though tightly timed and precise patterns, over jumps and, for some riders, without any rein whatsoever. All riders range in age from 8 to 19 and perform in full show costume led by a drill instructor."
Amidst all the changes planned for Reride 75, viewers will encounter a record contestant count. And the added money for each event is also a record-setting $100,000.
Crooked River Roundup president Jason Snider said the economic impact of the rodeo and its ability to help the community recover from the year-long pandemic was a significant factor in the decision to host this year's event. He added that sponsors have been excited to support the rodeo and have stepped up with generous contributions to help make sure the Roundup is the best one ever.
"Our rodeo committee has spent the last year planning precautionary measures to ensure the safety of rodeo participants and attendees," Snider said. "We are excited to celebrate a milestone anniversary and Reride 75."
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