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Main Street Cowboys

Ambassadors of Round-Up

By Jayati Ramakrishnan

East Oregonian

Published on September 8, 2017 4:19PM

Photo by Jammie Duckett
Top row, L-R: Dean Groshong, Mike Swanson, Tyler Roberts, Johnny Blagg, Mark Jaeger, Rod Theis, Rob Harsh.
Back row: Johnny Gay, Bill Arrington. Third Row: Chuck Coonfield, Scott Adams, Don Harsch, Mark Gronso, Larry Koehne, John Roberts. Second Row: Bert Rosario, Sam Paine. Front Row: Paul Gadaire, Keith Bauder.

Photo by Jammie Duckett Top row, L-R: Dean Groshong, Mike Swanson, Tyler Roberts, Johnny Blagg, Mark Jaeger, Rod Theis, Rob Harsh. Back row: Johnny Gay, Bill Arrington. Third Row: Chuck Coonfield, Scott Adams, Don Harsch, Mark Gronso, Larry Koehne, John Roberts. Second Row: Bert Rosario, Sam Paine. Front Row: Paul Gadaire, Keith Bauder.

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It’s not every day you see a group of grown men coming down the street in lime green and purple shirts, but chances are, if it’s a Round-Up day, you’ll be glad to see them.

The Main Street Cowboys are in their 67th year as planners, entertainers and all-around community members at the “Greatest Free Show in the West,” which offers food, entertainment and fun on Main Street during Round-Up week.

“We generally try to mix up the entertainment from stage to stage,” said Paul Gadaire, a longtime cowboy, estimating that between all five stages, they probably offer between 250 and 300 hours of free entertainment.

Some of the entertainment includes traditional acts like musicians, clowns, balloon artists and ventriloquists, as well as cloggers and people on stilts.

In addition to setting up the shows, members of the Main Street Cowboys start several months before, traveling to the Oregon Fairs Association convention to hire performers for the event.

They also visit nursing homes in the area in August, the month before the Round-Up, and put on shows for the people there.

The show takes a lot of time, and manpower, to set up.

“We have three or four dozen real hard workers,” Gadaire said. “We go pretty near all day for five days.”

Gadaire said the core group of volunteers is pretty strong, but they’re always looking for new members.

“We’re looking for youth,” he said. “We’d like someone to learn the show and carry it on.”



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