SPRAY – The community of Spray rolls out the welcome mat Saturday and Sunday, May 24 and 25, for two popular events: the 67th annual Spray Rodeo and the 50th annual Eastern Oregon Half-Marathon.
Rodeo activities kick off on Friday with slack starting at 11 a.m. Friday. There’s no admission that day and concessions will be available.
The lineup of activities for Saturday includes:
• Eastern Oregon Half-Marathon, 8 a.m., a 13.2-mile run from Service Creek to Spray. The event is touted as the longest running in Oregon.
• Buckaroo Breakfast, from early morning to 11 a.m., in the Spray School cafeteria, prepared by members of Spray High School athletic programs.
• Parade, 11 a.m., starts at the Spray General Store, led by Queen Kelsey Wilson from Corvallis. Grand marshals this year will be emergency medical personnel from the Spray Volunteer Ambulance.
• Rodeo begins at 1 p.m. with the grand entry. Competitors hail from all parts of the Northwest. In addition to the major rodeo events, there will be a kids, women’s and men’s 1/4-mile race, and ranch bronc riding.
Saturday is also “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” day, with all proceeds going to breast cancer research at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend.
A cowboy church service will be at 9 a.m. Sunday at the rodeo grandstands. The final rodeo performance will be at 1 p.m. in the rodeo grandstands.
Rodeo admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children under 12, and 6 and under get in free.
Stock this year will be provided by the 2013 stock contractor of the year, B-Bar-D Rodeos; the 2013 Announcer of the Year, Scott Allen; and, back by popular demand, Contract Act and Barrel Man, JJ Harrison.
For more information, call 541-468-2442.