It's just about Crooked River Roundup time, and the local chamber is ready to throw a bigger and better Stampede Street Party.
"The main change is the route for the cattle drive, and the Stampede Street Party has a much larger footprint this year," said Prineville-Crook County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Kim Daniels, who is heading up the event.
The annual Stampede Street Party and Cattle Drive is set for Wednesday evening, June 26 in the heart of Prineville.
"It's a chance to kick off rodeo season, kick off the summer season, and bring the community together for an event that brings people to Prineville that haven't been here before and celebrate some of our traditions," Daniels said.
Parts of North Main, Northwest Fourth and Northeast Fourth streets will close to vehicle traffic starting at noon. The party will begin right at quittin' time — 5 p.m. Wednesday — and will take over Fourth Street between Northwest Beaver and Northeast Belknap streets until 9 p.m. North Main Street will be party grounds from Crooked River Brewing south to Crossroads BBQ Pit and Pub.
"We found ourselves a little tight last year," Daniels said. "We wanted to grow the event. We wanted to have more vendors, more activities, more things for people to do."
The cattle drive, featuring 20 of Christian Radabaugh's longhorns, will begin at the Prineville-Crook County Chamber office at Northeast 10th and North Main streets at 6 p.m. and head south on Main Street to the Crook County Fairgrounds.
"We're getting a lot of questions as to why the route changed," Daniels said. "Some people don't realize this, but Third Street is a U.S. highway, and ODOT actually controls that, and it's very hard to shut that down."
Rather than having the cattle block the Third Street traffic and turn south onto Main Street, as in years past, organizers decided to drive them down Main Street.
Daniels said that this way, "it doesn't clog up or block up the main traffic through town, and it gets the cattle on a straight chute rather than trying to get them to turn a corner, which we all know that they do what they're going to do."
The stage will be set up on the east side of Northeast Fourth Street near the Horseshoe Tavern. Countryfied will get folks dancin' in the streets, and there will be plenty of activities for young and old alike.
Party-goers will get a chance to vote for their favorite chili during the annual Chili Cook-off. The Crook County Sheriff's Office, Prineville Police Department, and Crook County Fire and Rescue will compete, vying for bragging rights.
Numerous food and beverage vendors will be on hand, and surrounding restaurants will serve food, beer, whiskey and sweets. The Crooked River Roundup board members moved their VIP barbecue to the area so they could join the party.
The nearby shops will be open after hours, showcasing their Western-themed merchandise. Da-Shoots Photo Booth will have a photo booth with rodeo-themed props next to Foundry Four Coffee + Whiskey, inside of Firefly Events.
Cowboy Fast Draw Association will provide entertainment, and there are plans in the works Cow Pie Bingo. The Lions Club will oversee some street bowling, and Facebook and Robberson Ford, the presenting sponsors, will have some activities for kids.
Daniels said the chamber is still accepting sponsorships for the Stampede Street Party.
"If a business has an idea of how they want to be involved, something new they want to do, call us. We're open to suggestions," she said.
Although she is getting assistance from chamber members and Sheena York of Firefly Events, Daniels said she is looking for a high school or college-age intern who may want to get some event planning experience.
"We can always use extra hands, and this is a way for someone interested in event planning and community outreach to get some hands-on experience and possibly school credits," Daniels said.
She is promoting the street party beyond Prineville, hoping to rope in some rodeo fans from across the region.
"It's a way for us to celebrate our rodeo and our small town and includes something for every age and interest," Daniels said. "Come down and enjoy the music, food, beverage, activities and more."
Stampede Street Party and Cattle Drive
Date: Wednesday, June 26 from 5-9 p.m.
Place: North Fourth and North Main streets in Prineville
The cattle drive beings at Northeast 10th and North Main streets at 6 p.m. and concludes at the Crook County Fairgrounds.