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Annual Labor Day weekend amateur rodeo features top local talent of all ages, event includes Friday fun day

CENTRAL OREGONIAN FILE PHOTO - A youth barrel racer rounds the first barrel at last year's Paulina Amateur Rodeo. This year's rodeo is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 31, and Sept. 1. There are also activities at the Paulina Rodeo Grounds on Friday, Aug. 30. It's that time again.

The 70th Paulina Amateur Rodeo is scheduled for Labor Day weekend at the Paulina Rodeo Grounds.

The annual event is family friendly and features many of the top local rodeo athletes from youth as young as 4 years old to those in their 60s and beyond.

Paulina is one of the few rodeos where spectators can see grandparents roping with their grandchildren in team roping. The rodeo features plenty of activities for young cowboys and cowgirls including kids barrel racing, mutton bustin', calf and steer riding and an animal scramble.

Although the rodeo itself doesn't start until next Saturday, Aug. 31, there will be plenty of activities at the rodeo grounds on Friday.

Friday events include ranch cutting for both adults and youth, stockhorse competitions, as well as snaffle bit and bridle events.

There will also be plenty of fun activities for youth on Friday.

Friday's stockhorse events are scheduled to begin at noon.

There will also be jackpot team roping Friday afternoon.

The rodeo proper begins at 12:30 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.

This year's rodeo includes wild cow milking, steer riding, kids' barrel racing, calf riding, sheep riding, an animal scramble, breakaway roping, calf roping, team roping, women's barrel racing, ranch bronc riding, saddle bronc riding, bareback riding and bull riding.

In addition, there will be local team roping Saturday morning and jackpot team roping following Saturday's performance.

In addition to rodeo events, there is a barbecue at the rodeo grounds Saturday following the performance and a rodeo dance in downtown Paulina Saturday night.

CENTRAL OREGONIAN FILE PHOTO - Ranch bronc riding is one of the most popular and exciting events at the Paulina Amateur Rodeo. This is the 70th anniversary of the rodeo, which features many of the top amateur cowboys and cowgirls in Central Oregon. There will also be a rodeo scholarship raffle.

Camping spaces are available at the rodeo grounds, but there are no electrical hookups.

If past history is any indication, the campsites will begin to fill up as early as Wednesday afternoon.

Cost for the rodeo is $8 for adults and $4 for children ages 6-12. Children 5 and under will be admitted free of charge.

Cost for the barbecue is $7 per adult and $4 for children 12 and under.

There will also be a cornhole tournament on Saturday. Cost to enter the tournament is $20 per person, or $40 per team.

All proceeds from the cornhole tournament will go to the Drew Knowles family.

The tournament will follow Saturday night's dinner and a buggy raffle.

Sunday morning there will be a free pancake feed at 9 a.m. with Sunday Church at 9:45 a.m. at the rodeo grounds.

For more information about the rodeo go to https://www.facebook.com/PaulinaAmateurRodeo/.


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