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Area bars to mix it up for hall of fame

Tammy Malgesini

East Oregonian

Published on March 1, 2018 11:50AM

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Jennifer Thomas, center, pours the Pistol Whip while competing during a past Battle of the Bars. This year’s event, which raises money for the Pendleton Round-up and Happy Canyon Hall of Fame, is March 2 in the Let ‘er Buck Room in Pendleton.

File photo Jennifer Thomas, center, pours the Pistol Whip while competing during a past Battle of the Bars. This year’s event, which raises money for the Pendleton Round-up and Happy Canyon Hall of Fame, is March 2 in the Let ‘er Buck Room in Pendleton.

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Bartenders from nine local bars are getting ready to rumble as they raise money for the Pendleton Round-up and Happy Canyon Hall of Fame.

The friendly competition features two-time winner Crabby’s Underground Saloon. Other returning competitors include Sundown Bar & Grill, Vigil’s at Cimmiyotti’s, Hamley Steakhouse & Saloon, Mac’s Bar & Grill, Sister’s Cafe, Wildhorse Sports Bar and Cadillac Jack’s Saloon & Grill. Also tossing their hat into the ring this year is The Prodigal Son Brewery & Pub.

The public is invited to help determine who will be crowned “Best of West.” In its eighth year, the Battle of the Bars is Friday, March 2 from 6-8 p.m. in the Let ’er Buck Room, located on the Round-Up Grounds, 1205 S.W. Court Ave., Pendleton. There is no cover charge for the 21-and-older event.

Each establishment will create a signature drink containing Pendleton Whisky. People will be able to purchase a drink from whichever establishments they choose and cast a vote for their favorite. Also, a tasting portion will be offered for those that would like to try each concoction before voting, said Cydney Curtis, hall of fame publicity director.

The event, Curtis said, isn’t just a fun gathering — it provides crucial funding to help support the hall of fame, which is run entirely by volunteers.

As the clock edges toward 8 p.m., the votes will be tallied to determine the winning bar, who will receive a plaque and bragging rights. Also, the hall of fame wins by receiving additional operating funds.

The Pendleton Lions Club will sell dinner throughout the event, including hamburgers, cheeseburgers and German dogs. After the “Battle,” the Let ’er Buck Room will remain open until 11 p.m.

The 2017 Battle of the Bars drew record numbers, Curtis said. She expressed appreciation to the people that attend and the bars that participate.

“They donate their time, staff and even some ingredients,” she said. “We could not do this without them.”

Founded in 1969, the hall of fame preserves the history of Pendleton Round-Up and Happy Canyon. Exhibits include everything from a full-sized teepee, wagons and clothing to delicate beadwork, saddles and photographs. In 2011, it received honorable mention in True West Magazine’s Top Western Museums.

Located across from the Round-Up Grounds at 1114 S.W. Court Ave., the museum is open Monday through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $2 for kids under 10.

For more information, call 541-278-0815 or visit www.pendletonhalloffame.com.

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Contact Community Editor Tammy Malgesini at tmalgesini@eastoregonian.com or 541-564-4539



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