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It's the 56th Annual Crooked River Roundup

Rodeo action may start Friday, but this year's Roundup is much more than that and the fun really begins long before the first bronc rider comes out of the chute
Get ready for Prineville's premier event of the year - the Crooked River Roundup.
   The three-day rodeo event actually kicks off tomorrow with the traditional cattle drive through downtown. An added attraction this year is the Chamber of Commerce's After Hours get together at the rodeo office at the fairgrounds following the bovine spectacle. The cattle drive is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. at the west end of town and after moving down the length of Third Street, turns onto Fairview and ends at the fairgrounds.
   Early Thursday morning the pre-rodeo celebration continues with the Spikes and Spurs Golf Tournament. Held at Meadow Lakes Golf Course, the first group of golfers tees off at 8 a.m. The rules for this event mandate that each golfer wear formal cowboy attire; cowboy hat, chaps and spurs. Golf Pro Marshall Huston warned that cowboy boots would not be acceptable, however.
   The first group is slated to tee off at 8 a.m. and along with prizes for longest drive, closest to the pin and other typical competitions, there will be special awards for best dressed foursome. Contact the pro at 447-7113, or Byron at 447-7340 for entry information.
   Friday at 7 p.m., the bucking chutes at the 56th Annual PRCA Crooked River Roundup open and the action begins. With three days of fast rodeo action promised, this becomes one of the biggest fun-filled weekends for Prineville.
   At 2 p.m. Friday, a horsemanship competition will be held at the fairgrounds. This is open to the public and there is no charge for admission.
   But all the weekend action isn't at the Crook County fairgrounds. Kicking off at 7:30 a.m. with a cowboy breakfast on the courthouse lawn, Saturday's Summerfest 2001 promises a day of fun and excitement. The annual Crooked River Roundup Parade with its mounted entries, always a popular part of the activities, starts down Third Street at 10 a.m.
   Each year, rodeo queens representing various other PCRA rodeos ride in the parade. This year, the Pendleton Rodeo Queen and her court are scheduled to ride in the parade. This, one knowledgeable rodeo aficionado pointed out, is a distinct honor. The Pendleton Queen and her court traditionally only appear in a limited number of parades and events each year. Typically these are places such as the Rose Parade, the Calvary Stampede and Cheyenne Frontier Days.
   Following the Saturday's parade, and lasting until late afternoon, live music, beer garden, booths displaying arts, antiques, crafts and collectibles will fill Pioneer Park. The music group, Lonesome Road, will be the headline entertainment.
   One of the highlights during the Crooked River Roundup each year is the Stick Horse Derby. Sponsored by McDonalds of Prineville and Home Depot, awards of a Montana Silver belt buckle will be presented to the little cowpoke who the judges declare the best stick horse wrangler. This year, to help the cowboys and cowgirls build their trusty steeds, Home Depot staff, visible in their bright orange aprons, will be on hand at the Home Depot Stable to help kids create their own thoroughbred mounts. This event is open to all kids, five to 11 years of age.
   Saturday afternoon, a speech and fashion show will be held at the Crook County High School Auditorium. That event begins at 2 p.m. and there is a $5 admission.
   Summerfest 2001 keeps things happening all day long with a benefit barbecue hosted by the Boys and Girls Club, Prineville Branch, in support of their Keep The Ball Rolling For the Kids fund raiser. Plus a second barbecue, complete with a beer garden and live entertainment featuring Brian Hanson gets going at 4 p.m. at the Prineville Elks Lodge.
   Saturday evening's rodeo starts at 7 p.m. at the fairgrounds outdoor arena. Sunday afternoon, the day's events begin at 2 and includes the Stick Horse Derby. Admittance for children with a stick horse is free when accompanied by an adult ticketholder.
   The 2001 Miss Rodeo Oregon Pageant will also be held Sunday. Contestants vying for the title of Miss Rodeo Oregon and the coronation includes the 1999 Crooked River Roundup Queen, Shae Frazier.
   Box seat tickets for the rodeo are $14 and can be purchased only at the rodeo office. Reserve the box seat tickets by calling the office at 447-4479.
   General admission tickets for the Crooked River Roundup are $12, children 12 and under, $10. There is a $2 savings on general admission and children's tickets if purchased before Thursday at noon.
   Ticket outlets include Sunhome Video in Redmond and Prineville, the Big R in Redmond, the Spotted Mule in Bend and Ahern's Market in Madras.
   For more ticket information, call the Roundup office, 447-4479.