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Scenic ride concludes with a free lunch to launch the rodeo season in the tiny Marion County town

St. Paul will host its annual trail ride Sunday with a tradition that initiates the beginning of the rodeo season.SUBMITTED PHOTO - submitted photo
Hundreds of horse enthusiasts will take to the streets of St. Paul on Sunday for the annual rodeo trail ride.
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Hundreds of horse enthusiasts will take to the streets of St. Paul on Sunday for the annual rodeo trail ride.

Preceded by a hearty breakfast of pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage and locally grown strawberries, the ride will begin at 10 a.m. After starting in St. Paul, riders will make their way through farmland, along hop fields and to the Willamette River before returning to town. 

When the ride is finished, riders will receive a free lunch in the Tack Room, beneath the grandstands of the rodeo arena.

For the past 15 years, Paul Charron has been volunteering to prepare trail lunches. While he and his wife Kathleen used to participate in the trail ride, Charron has shifted his efforts to making sandwiches for the several hundred people who attend the post-ride lunch.

"I enjoyed the ride," he said, "but especially the camaraderie with the people. You get to see a lot of beautiful scenery, sit on the back of a horse in the warm sun, get away from the city, get out and have fun."

To show his appreciation for those who attend, Charron will be busy this year preparing sandwiches, potato chips and potato salad.

The breakfast before the ride is $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under and begins at 7 a.m. For those choosing not to ride, a free youth rodeo will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. The St. Paul Rodeo is July 3-7. For tickets and information visit www.StPaulRodeo.com or call 1-800-237-5920.

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