Chutes, fresh paint brighten Corwin Arena
- Joe McHaney
- Madras Pioneer - News
New roping box, rough stock chutes installed
A person wouldn't be afraid to eat scrambled eggs directly off the grandstands at Corwin Arena because they appear so clean, thanks to a fresh coat of white paint.
As host of the annual Jefferson County Rodeo July 27-28, Corwin Arena is in tip top shape. Not only have the grandstands, railing and trim been painted, but new rough stock chutes and a new roping box have been installed.
"I contacted the Sisters Rodeo Association and worked a deal with them to acquire their old chutes for a good deal because they recently added new chutes," said Jefferson County Fairgrounds coordinator Sandy Forman. "I think they look great, and they're much safer for all involved."
The chutes would not be in place without the help of sponsors. Ira's Towing, Tiger Mart, Ag West Supply, Black Bear Diner, Les Schwab Tires and Inn at Cross Keys Station purchased lifetime billboards
"We are hugely thankful to those sponsors that helped us pay for the chutes," Forman said.
Not only are the chutes new to Corwin Arena, but the alley way has been modified with heavy piping and the roping chutes have been reconstructed as well.
"I think those old chutes were 50 years old," Forman said. "It was just time for an update and it now gives our cowboys more room behind the chutes and because we have upgraded, we can draw more events here, too."
Central Oregon Livestock Auction donated materials and also worked with Mid Oregon Construction for installation.
"We had a lot of people help with this project," Forman said. "Our chutes are now very sturdy and moved up some. It's so much nicer."
The arena painting was made possible thanks to Madras Saddle and Gaming Club, which helped fund, gathered donations and helped paint, along with 4-H members and their families.
"It's been five years since we last painted," Forman said. "Thank goodness that Madras Saddle and Gaming stepped up for us, because the new paint just ties everything together."
Spectators will also see that eight new American flags have been mounted in the arena, more sponsorship boards have been hung and the fans have been adjusted for better ventilation for the rodeo.
"We think it looks great and we're excited for people to see all the hard work that has gone into the arena," Forman said.