Rodeo in July? No, but tickets are on sale
Sure, it's December and, sure, you're probably thinking more about Christmas gifts than giant bulls trying to buck off eager competitors, but nonetheless the folks at the St. Paul Rodeo want you to know it's not too early to prepare to attend next year's Fourth of July rite.
Tickets for the five-day event, scheduled for June 30 through July 4, went on sale Friday. Often billed as the best Fourth of July rodeo in the land, the event will feature rodeo competition each night along with a matinee on July 4, as well as fireworks each night, the Great Western Barbecue, the Wild West Art Show, a parade on the Fourth of July, a carnival, the infamous Tack Room and more.
And while its more than seven months until the rodeo grounds erupt with action again, it should be noted that more than 50,000 people attended the annual spectacle in 2019, making it a popular event in the area and one worth planning for.
"There simply isn't a better place to spend the Fourth of July than at the St. Paul Rodeo," Cindy Schonholtz, general manager, said. "Fans enjoy the patriotism, the bucking horses and bulls, the fireworks, even the novelty of arborvitae trees in the arena. They appreciate being part of the history and tradition of St. Paul and the American West, and they are delighted and surprised when they come to the rodeo, because it's so much more than rodeo."
She added that nearly all of the labor to stage the event comes from volunteers and proceeds trickle down to all manner of service and youth organizations in the area, including numerous donations to athletic and academic programs at St. Paul High School
Tickets for the 85th year of the rodeo will range from $16 to $26 and all seats are reserved, "so purchasing tickets early guarantees a better selection of seating," Schonholtz said. Visit www.StPaulRodeo.com to buy tickets. For more information, call 800-237-5920.
Arts & Leisure in brief
Holiday Jazz Jam set for Friday at Social Goods
The Newberg Holiday Jazz Jam is set for 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday at Social Goods Market, 500 E. First St. in Newberg. There's no cover charge and all ages are welcome, organizers said.
A trio of Ron Steen on drums, Phil Goldberg on keyboard and Liam Hathaway on bass will entertain. Jazz musicians are invited to sit in, "whether student, polished professional or in between," a release said.
For more information, call 971-333-8466.
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is inviting Oregonians to take to the outdoors on New Year's Day for the annual First Day Hikes event. Visitors can choose from 37 hikes in 31 parks across the state, including at Champoeg State Heritage Area near Newberg. All hikes will be guided by a park ranger or volunteer who will share stories about the park's history, geology, wildlife and plants. And there is no cost to join in as the hikes are free and parking fees will be waived for the Jan. 1 event.
To register online, visit bit.ly/ParkStoreEvents, although registration in advance isn't required for participation, but it does help park staff plan the hike and allows them to contact participants should the details of the hike change.
The OPRD advises hikers to plan for inclement weather, dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes or boots, bring water and bring binoculars to view wildlife.
The Champoeg event is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and hikers will meet at the park's visitor center. There is also a hike at Willamette Mission State Park at 10 a.m., with participants meeting at the Wheatland Ferry.
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