“It is with a heavy heart that the 2020 Pendleton Round-Up and Happy Canyon will not be taking place this year,” Happy Canyon president Tanner Hawkins said Friday in a statement. “Both the Pendleton Round-Up and Happy Canyon boards’ number-one priority has been and will always be the health and safety of our community, volunteers, tribal partners and our entire region.”
Originally scheduled for September 16-19, the Pendleton Round-up
and the Happy Canyon Indian Pageant & Wild West Show have been canceled for 2020.
The weeklong rodeo held annually would have celebrated its 110th year. It would have been the 104th year of the pageant and show.
Along with the rodeo and show, all events surrounding the week also will be canceled including parades and concerts.
“We are devastated to share this news with you. “Let’er Buck” & “On with the show” is in our DNA, and for only the third time in our history our September event will not take place. We are now working through the ramifications of this unprecedented situation.
The decision to not host the world famous Pendleton Round-Up and Happy Canyon 2020 event was a really tough one, but a necessary one. We are comforted knowing our community is not being put in harm’s way with the novel coronavirus, for that would be a burden we could not bear.”