Arts & Entertainment

Round-Up gets back in saddle

The Pendleton Round-Up is called one of the toughest sports on dirt for good reason, even though some say it's more of a show than a sport.

The world-renowned Round-Up is Sept. 16-19 in the rodeo arena in the heart of Pendleton. But bull and bronc riding, calf roping and watching rodeo clowns isn't the only entertainment offered during the four-day event.

The Happy Canyon Night Show starts each day at 7:45 p.m., which is a re-enactment of the Old West. Tickets for the show are from $9-$15 depending on seat location.

Dances follow the Happy Canyon shows. There will be gaming tables at the Pendleton Convention Center, which has been dubbed Goldie's Place at the Canyon. A live band will perform every night at Goldie's, where there also will be a mechanical bull.

Goldie's opens at 8 p.m. each night of the rodeo and is open to the 21 and older crowd only. Cover charge is $10 at the door each night.

"We're looking for ways to expand the entertainment we provide for everyone that comes to Happy Canyon," said Michael Corey, publicity director. "In using the entire hall at the convention center, we're trying to make our customers entertainment dollars go farther."

And for even more adult fun there'll be the infamous Let 'er Buck saloon to check out, which opens at 9:30 p.m. each night. Once again, this is for the 21 and older set.

Topping the musical entertainment for the Round-Up will be a concert on Sept. 12 featuring the Academy of Country Music's 2006 top new male vocalist Rodney Atkins. Opening for Atkins is Reckless Kelly.

Grandstand seats to the show are from $22-$32 with box seats for $37. Also available for the concert are Let 'er Buck seats for $77-$112 and includes dinner.

If you plan to attend the Round-Up on Sept. 10, be sure to don something pink. The Pendleton Round-Up folks are calling it Tough Enough To Wear Pink day to help raise awareness as well as money for breast cancer patients in the community.

As for that famous rodeo, the first go-round starts at 9 a.m. Sept. 15 and official competition starting at 1:15 p.m. Sept. 15-19. Tickets are from $14 to $25. Tickets to all Pendleton Round-Up events are available by calling 800-45-RODEO. More information and a complete schedule of events is at