As usual, we had a great time at the Pendleton Round Up, but this year it was extra special as it was the Round Up's 100th birthday! They did a bang up job. The Westward Ho parade was so big that they had to start it an hour earlier and reverse the route so that it wouldn't clog up the roads near the rodeo grounds. The kids and I watched with my mom and step dad, while Michael continued his annual tradition of riding shotgun for my grandpa, the parade's oldest teamster. Here is Hailey waiting for the parade to begin in her finest cowgirl wear.
The parade kicked off with 100 riders carrying American flags. There was no way to capture it on film. It was a sight to see! Hailey and Josiah were yelling "Let 'er Buck" the whole parade. I think the parade lasted about 3 hours. There were rodeo queens who came from as far away as Ft. Worth, TX and Cheyenne, WY.
Grandpa, Michael and Regina (riding beside), pulling a chuck wagon with Grandpa's small draft horses. Fiords (sp?)
Hailey was leaning on Larry Pop's head and sucking her thumb, something she always does when she gets tired. It was a big weekend for the little ones, but they had fun.
We didn't get to go to the rodeo, but there is plenty of family friendly entertainment downtown that is free. The kids each got to ride the mechanical bull (not free). They both did pretty darn good!
There was an amazing slight of hand magician there. Josiah (my bashful one, ha ha) volunteered to be of assistance. He was so cute! Of course, he was just eating up the attention of the crowd. Not a shy bone in either of my kid's bodies.
Hailey taking her turn at riding the bull. They were good about giving the kids a gentle ride, although for 10 bucks, you'd think they could have gone on a LITTLE longer than 1 minute.
We stumbled on this amazing artist who was doing cowgirl bronzes. She was from Texas and was an art teacher as well. She showed the kids how to make a clay horse that you could bake and then paint. It really was very cool! The kids had a great time with this.
My camera isn't fast enough, but the really neat part of our Round Up experience was when we were standing in the Round Up Park outside the gates of the rodeo grounds and during the National Anthem, four fighter jets came screaming down low over the arena on a fly-by. They split, came back around and, two by two they stalled out of the arena, hit their after-burners and jetted straight up in the air. It was incredibly loud, but it made you proud of our troops to watch those guys. Amazing! I felt sorry for any horses and riders in that arena. I'll bet the rodeo started before it was supposed to, hee hee. Would have love to watch the rodeo, but just too expensive, besides, they were completely sold out. Someday, we'd like to take the kids when they can really appreciate it. In the meantime, we'll enjoy all the other free family friendly assets of the Pendleton Round Up.