From serving cowboy coffee at the Round-Up Grounds to providing meals for entertainers on Main Street, the Sidesaddlers — dressed in their traditional lavender blouses, white ties and white cowboy hats — can be found all over Pendleton welcoming visitors during Round-Up week.
“We are the ambassadors,” said Tina Garner, Sidesaddlers president for 2016-17. “People are more than welcome to stop and ask us questions.”
Established in 1959 as the female counterparts to the Main Street Cowboys, the Sidesaddlers currently have 25 active members who assist with keeping downtown activities running smoothly.
The group’s lone fundraiser, Twilight Breakfast, is also a highlight of the week’s festivities. This year’s breakfast will be held Thursday, Sept. 7 from 4:30-7 p.m. at Stillman Park. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for kids. Kids under 4 are free.
“We come together as a group and have fun, enjoy and laugh,” Garner said.
The meal includes ham, eggs, pancakes and drinks, plus a raffle with prizes donated by local businesses. Money raised is used for charitable donations within the community, especially for needy children, families and seniors during the holiday season.
“It’s so giving and rewarding to help the community,” Garner said.
The Sidesaddlers maintain an active schedule outside of Round-Up as well, participating in multiple parades across Umatilla County and Eastern Oregon. Marguerite Maznaritz, who has been a member for more than 30 years, said they have a good time celebrating and promoting Pendleton together.
Tickets to Twilight Breakfast can be purchased at the park, or by calling Garner at 541-215-5553.
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