The Crooked River Roundup wouldn't be complete without the growing Prineville Western Days Festival, and it's back this year and bigger than ever before.
"I've got a really, really good mix of vendors," said One Decision Management owner Brandi Ebner, who is putting on the vendor fair at Pioneer Park in downtown Prineville during Roundup.
The free festival, featuring nearly 100 vendors, begins at 10 a.m. Friday, June 28 and goes until 7 p.m. On Saturday, June 29, it opens at 9 a.m. and concludes at 5 p.m.
"What's great about Western Days is the rodeo is so fun and gives you activity during the night, but during the day, there's not a whole lot that keeps people in town," said Ebner. "So when I took over ownership of Western Days, my goal was to make it big enough that people would want to come into Prineville and spend the day doing activity before they went to the rodeo at night."
Since 2017 when she took ownership of the festival, the number of vendors has tripled. Booths take up much of Pioneer Park and flow onto Northeast Elm Street, which is closed to vehicle traffic between Northeast Third and Northeast Second streets.
"I have a lot of folks who hand-make things, from home décor, jewelry and clothing to all different kinds of art," Ebner said of the vendors. "The majority are Central Oregon-based, but there are folks coming from all over."
Some vendors come all the way from Medford, Eastern Oregon and Seattle, Washington, for the two-day festival.
"You're going to see vendors at this festival that you won't see any other time in Prineville because they just come in for this kind of event," Ebner said.
The long vendor list includes people offering food, snacks, produce, homemade soaps, essential oils, puppets, pottery, purses, cutlery, signs, cosmetics and much more.
Ebner is also excited about the entertainment lineup for Western Days.
Just 4 Fun Band, which plays Country classics along with music from the '50s and '60s, will take the stage from noon to 2 p.m. Friday.
Some old-fashioned kids games will be on stage following that performance at 2 p.m.
"Coyote Willow is back. They're a two-person band — Americana with a Celtic influence," Ebner said. They'll perform from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday.
After the Crooked River Roundup Parade concludes around noon Saturday, young dancers will take the stage.
"Legacy Dance will have 16 of their classes performing immediately after the parade," Ebner said. "I love having them there. People love all the little kids in their adorable costumes."
The Moss Brothers will play a variety of classic Bakersfield, Red Dirt and Outlaw tunes from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday.
The annual Stick Horse Races for the little ones also happen during Western Days.
Children can paint and decorate a free stick horse at the decoration station near the cabin from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
The Stick Horse Races begin on the Crook County Courthouse lawn at 3 p.m. Race heats are: ages 3 and younger, 4, 5, 6-7, 8-9 and 10-plus. They will also host a parent race and will try to get emergency services personnel to race. The winner of each age group will win a prize.
Ebner encourages rodeo fans to come down to Pioneer Park this Friday and Saturday for the Western Days Festival.
"The bigger we can make the community festivities, and it's not just Western Days — the quilt show, the Elks burger feed — the more we have going on in town, the more we can keep people in the community," Ebner said.
Prineville Western Days Festival
Date: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, June 28 and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, June 29
Location: Pioneer Park on the corner of Northeast Third and Northeast Elm streets next to the Crook County Courthouse in downtown Prineville
Parking is available on the streets surrounding the park.
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