HEPPNER - It is saddle bronc riding, bull riding and barrel racing time in your own back yard as the Oregon Trail Pro Rodeo is proud to present its 83rd annual show.
One of the longest running rodeos in Oregon, Heppner will turn on some fantastic weekend entertainment on Aug. 19-21 with NPRA rodeo action in addition to local talent.
The rodeo has the third largest payout in the state and always features some of the best rodeo talent in the Pacific Northwest.
Very few rodeos offer a saddle for the all-around cowboy along with added money, buckles and spurs.
The Jackpot rodeo offers friends and family from Morrow County the opportunity to win the Amateur Calf Roping Saddle and the prestigious All-around buckle, along with each honored event award.
On Friday night the small cowboys and cowgirls start the fun off with Mutton Bustin which will lead into the grand entry action at 7 p.m. Saturday's show starts at 12:45 p.m. with the Mutton Bustin followed at 1:15 p.m. by the NPRA performance.
Sunday's show brings in the local talent with the Morrow County Jackpot Rodeo beginning at 1:15 p.m.
The famous Dog Calling contest will be during the Friday night NPRA performance, so money is to be made if you have a fast and focused canine that can compete with the defending Champions of Morrow County. The town of Heppner, along Highway 207 near the Umatilla National Forest, welcomes visitors to their community to watch and be a part of rodeo weekend.
This year the VIP seats are even easier to access and plan for.
The VIP seats are in the grandstands, but offer the closest rodeo action with the luxury of backed and armed seats. These seats can be purchased in advance to secure the finest view of the rodeo and give people the freedom to move around without risk of loosing your seat to other viewers.
The VIP seats can be purchased in any quantity for any or all three days at $12 a seat. An entire box of seats (10 seats) can be purchased for all three days of rodeo action for $360.
The seats are available on a first come, first serve basis and usually go quickly, but some VIP seats may be purchased at the gate.
Bench seats are available the day of the rodeo at a cost of $8 for adults, $5 for children 7-12 and those 6 and under are admitted free.
Visa, Master Card and American Express are accepted for advanced VIP seating.
For more information, call Lynn Dee in the evenings at (541) 422-7559 or during the day at (541) 676-5583.
Camping, fishing and RV hook ups are also available close to town or a short distance away.
Additional information on the Heppner Rodeo may be obtained by visiting the Web site at www.heppner.net/rodeo.
MOLALLA - Two local cowboys continued to earn the money over the Fourth of July weekend with stops at the prestigious Molalla Rodeo and at Toppenish, Wash.
Bull rider Dustin Elliott, currently in second place overall in the Jack Daniel's World Standings, scored 85 points at Molalla to take home $2,648.60 for his effort.
In tie down roping, Jeff Coelho finished fifth in the second go-round at Molalla with a 9.3 second run to earn $398.74.
From Molalla, the Long Creek cowboy then traveled to Toppenish where he had a 10.3 second run good for a fourth-place finish and an additional $847.87 paycheck.
For a complete listing of rodeo results, see the Eagle Scoreboard on Page B2.