The cowboy lifestyle comes alive during this weekend's Pendleton Cattle Barons Weekend. Most events are held in and around the Pendleton Convention Center, 1601 Westgate.
From Western Select Western Gelding Sale to a barbecue cookoff and art show, there's something for everyone during this family-friendly event.
The event kicks off Thursday with the opening reception of "In the Company of Cowgirls," a weekend-long art show that showcases the ranch lifestyle as depicted by cowgirl artists. Hamley's Slickfork Saloon will welcome Juni Fisher in concert during the reception, which takes place from 7-9 p.m. Tickets are $20.
Friday's highlights include a Cattleman's Day & Rancher's Challenge beginning in the morning. The evening will close with the North American Stock Saddle Bronc Championships at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10.
A Tradin' Post, where people can purchase all sorts of Western items, is planned for Friday from noon to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The Bit, Spur and Buckle Maker Show, a new event for Cattle Barons, features silver items used by cowboys such as bits, spurs, buckles and bridle and saddle hardware. The show opens Friday and Saturday.
Previews of sale geldings are Friday and Saturday at noon, with the Western Select Gelding Sale beginning at 3 p.m. Saturday.
Saturday's activities include the barbecue cookoff and a host of kid's events. In addition to smelling the delectable scents, people will have an opportunity to taste the labors of the grill-masters.
In its fourth year, Pendleton Cattle Barons Weekend is a non-profit organization formed to carry on the longtime tradition of agriculture. Money raised from the event helps fund scholarships.
"Agriculture is the basis of what Umatilla County is all about; we feel we need to keep that history and legacy alive," said Nancie Paxton, a Cattle Barons board member.
For complete information, see the Pendleton Cattle Barons section in the May 11 East Oregonian or go to www.cattlebarons.net