Pendleton Round-Up: Concert set Sept. 7; rodeo starts Sept. 9

Dori O'Neal, Tri-City HeraldSeptember 4, 2013 

Chris Young performs Sept. 7 in the Happy Canyon arena in Pendleton.


Since 1910, the Pendleton Round-Up has kicked up dust entertaining thousands of rodeo fans with its exhibition of bronc-busting and cowboy-racing adventures.

In its 103-year history, fans have come from all over the world. There were only two years during the 1940s when the rodeo was canceled because of World War II.

This year's world-class rodeo festivities kick off Sept. 7 with a Chris Young concert in the Happy Canyon arena next to the Round-Up grounds.

Showtime is 7 p.m. Tickets cost from $40 to $130. Also appearing with Young will be Micky and the Motorcars.

Rodeo performances start at noon Sept. 9, 9 a.m. Sept. 10, 8:30 a.m. Sept. 11-12 and 1:15 p.m. Sept. 13-14 at the rodeo grounds, 1205 S.W. Court Ave., Pendleton. Tickets cost from $18 to $25 depending on seat locations.

Pendleton is about 60 miles southeast of the Tri-Cities off Interstate 84.

The colorful Happy Canyon night show starts at 7:45 p.m. Sept. 11-14 and takes visitors on a journey into the past, reliving the experiences of the Umatilla Indian forefathers.

The two-hour show begins with the western migration of pioneers looking for a new life.

The scene then moves to the cultural differences between the pioneers and the Indians and how they went to war over their differences.

And like most societies, the Happy Canyon story moves past the clash of cultures when pioneers learned to live peacefully in the wild frontier with the indigenous Indians. Tickets cost from $10 to $17.

The Westward Ho parade starts at 10 a.m. Sept. 13, traveling through several streets in downtown Pendleton. There will be cowboys decked out in finery, ox-drawn wagons, buggies and members of the Umatilla Tribes performing dressed in regalia.

Tickets for all events can be purchased at or by calling 800-457-6336.

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