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NPRA Rodeo: A long tradition in Grant County

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Published on August 9, 2018 12:29PM

Last changed on August 9, 2018 1:26PM

Chad Finley of Mt. Vernon competes in tie-down roping at last year’s Grant County NPRA Rodeo.

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Chad Finley of Mt. Vernon competes in tie-down roping at last year’s Grant County NPRA Rodeo.

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Several local cowboys and cowgirls, along with dozens of other competitors from Oregon and Washington, are on schedule to perform at the NPRA Rodeo in John Day at 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 10-11, at the Grant County Fairgrounds.

Tucker Wright of Canyon City is set to compete in steer wrestling, and Tara Young of Canyon City and Stephanie Holly of Mt. Vernon will participate in breakaway.

Mt. Vernon residents Ty Holly and Chad Finley will compete in calf roping, and Matt Moulton and Richard Moulton of Dayville will team rope.

Bull riding, saddle bronc and barrel racing and other events are sure to make for a rip-roaring good time.

Grant County Fair and Rodeo Queen Trinity Hutchison of John Day and Princess Courtney Nichols of Dayville will also make appearances, and a new queen will be announced Saturday.

Visiting Archer County Texas Junior Rodeo Queen Hannah Detweiler will be a special guest.

Cowhide races will take place both nights during an intermission.

Admission is $10 each night, $2 for seniors ages 65 and up, and $5 for youth 6 to 12 years old. Children 5 and under are free.

A family-friendly Queen’s Dance will be held after the Saturday’s rodeo, featuring live music.

Claude Rickman of Powell Butte, a contractor director for the NPRA, said the rodeo in Grant County is one of the oldest in the state after the Pendleton Round-Up, and said it represents a heritage that the locals can be proud of.

For more information, call the fair office at 541-575-1900.


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