The Crooked River Roundup week is scheduled to be filled with fun activities
The Crooked River Roundup returns to Prineville to next week and while the rodeo is the main event, there are plenty of other attractions for people to enjoy during the weeklong leadup to the three-day rodeo.
The 76th annual Rockhound Pow Wow is not technically part of Roundup Week but the event is traditionally held the weekend prior to the Roundup. Taking place at the Crook County Fairgrounds June 16-19, visitors can go to the attraction from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
The Pow Wow will feature a "excellent selection of materials, tools and machines" according to event organizers, as well as obsidian, jade, petrified wood, jasper, plume agate, moss agate, thundereggs, crystals precious gems, jewelry and much more.
Roundup Week will kick off in earnest on the following Wednesday evening, June 22, with the Stampede Street Party, organized by the Prineville-Crook County Chamber of Commerce. The highly popular event that draws hundreds each year will start at 5:30 p.m. and continue until 7:30. It will take place between Northeast Third and Fifth streets and Beaver and Belknap streets. The entire area will be blocked from motorized traffic.
At 6 p.m., attendees will be asked to make way for the annual cattle drive, which will come down Main Street and pass through the party sight en route to the Crook County Fairgrounds.
A variety of attractions await people at the street party including live music from Kristy Kinsey and The Whiskey Bandits and Cornhole games provided by the Prineville Lions Club and Cowpie Bingo, held in conjunction with the cattle drive - tickets will be sold by Legacy Dance Company.
And following a two-year hiatus, the annual Chili Cook-Off, presented by the Prineville Police Department, the Crook County Sheriff's Office and Crook County Fire and Rescue returns.
"We are thankful for the partnership of the local law enforcement for bringing this fun tradition back to the Stampede Street Party," said Chamber Director Kim Daniels."It will be located in the parking lot behind the old Bank of The Cascades building on Main Street."
The part will also feature a host of vendors, food and beverages and shops in the area will stay open late.
Local festivities will continue Friday, June 24 as Western Days returns to Ochoco Creek Park. Once operated by Roundup Board members, One Decision Management, a local event and association management company owned by Brandi Ebner, took the event over in April 2017. The popular family friendly event, taking place north of the Prineville pool, will feature live music and free stick horse decorating courtesy of Mid Oregon Credit Union and Parr Lumber.
"Western Days will have over 150 vendors this year, which I think makes it the largest vendor festival in Crook County in a long time, if ever," Ebner said.
The event will take place from 1-7 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.
On Saturday morning, June 25, Third Street will be blocked to traffic to make room for the Crooked River Roundup Parade. Starting at 10 a.m., the approximately 60 to 90-minute parade will travel east on Third Street from Harwood Street to Fairview Street. The event has historically featured a host of rodeo royalty from Crook County and beyond, numerous Western themed floats and much more.
"I never know what to expect. I never know what is going to show up as entries and how they look," said longtime parade coordinator, Karel Hereford.
She went on to note that people can still enter the parade, with the deadline for entries not coming until June 17.
"I encourage everyone to come down," she said.
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