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Pendleton Round-Up Rides for the 106th Time!

While the rodeo is the heart of the Round-Up week, the Round-Up refers to all of the excitement that draws thousands to Pendleton in the second full week in September each year. Pendleton’s Main Street is closed to motorized traffic and becomes a festival grounds, with vendors and live music throughout the week. Whether it’s the Happy Canyon Night Show Pageant, the Indian Pow-Wows and vendor booths, the Westward-Ho! Parade or the nightly shows on Main Street, the whole town transforms into a fun-filled festival for all.  Celebrating its 106th outing, the 2016 Round-Up Rodeo starts on Wednesday September 14 and runs through Saturday September 17—but the festivities actually begin on the Saturday prior, starting with the  Dress-Up Parade through downtown Pendleton. On Saturday evening, an outdoor kick-off concert is held in the Happy Canyon Arena where country crooner Lee Brice will headline. Each night after the Rodeo, the Happy Canyon Indian Pageant is held in its own outdoor arena, featuring a spectacular theatrical performance portraying the Native People, emigrants who came through the area on the Oregon Trail, as well as a portrayal of Pendleton’s Wild Frontier Days. September is the perfect time of  year to visit Pendleton, Oregon, and it’s easy to make a week-long vacation in and around the area. Visit pendletonroundup.com for all the details.