PENDLETON - Thousands of tourists are visiting Pendleton this week, and many of them - sooner or later - will ask the question, "How do you....?"
The Pendleton Chamber of Commerce at the corner of South Main Street and Southwest Frazer Avenue is the place to turn for those answers.
Whether the question ends with "...find parking," "...get around town," or "...find a bathroom," the Chamber either has the answer or will find it.
Chamber Executive Director Leslie Carnes said her office is inundated each Round-Up by such questions. Answering them is "a service we're happy to provide." The most frequent questions involve parking, for both cars and recreational vehicles.
"For day parking, there are a number of businesses that give a portion of their parking lots to non-profits so they may park cars for a fee," she said. "On-street parking is first-come, first-served. The chamber also has a map of the designated park and ride locations around town."
Carnes added RVs can be parked on school playgrounds by reserving space through the chamber. The campgrounds offer dry camping with no hook-ups, and most of them are within walking distance of the Round-Up grounds.
People sometimes need help with the children, dogs and horses they bring to town. Children are the hardest to provide sitting services for because a large number of Pendleton's young people volunteer to work at the rodeo. Dogs can be boarded at either Pendleton or Riverside Veterinary Clinics. The Chamber has a list of area residents who are willing to board horses during the week.
With four stages in full swing for the Main Street Cowboys' downtown extravaganza, Carnes isn't surprised that many people want a schedule of the entertainment there. She said anyone can pick up a full schedule at the chamber or at the Main Street Cowboy Booth on Main Street.
Visitors who want to take in other sites in the Pendleton area have a number of choices. Pendleton Underground Tours are open and taking reservations at 1-800-226-6398. Heritage Station Museum is open this year; its hours can be obtained by calling 276-0012. Pendleton Woolen Mills is open during Round-Up, as is the Tamastslikt Cultural Institute near the Wildhorse Resort & Casino.
The shuttle bus service is a great option for those who don't want to pay for parking. The chamber has a schedule of the service that is run by the Mid-Columbia Bus Company. RSVP of Eastern Oregon also has two shuttle buses running at approximately the same schedule and route as Mid-Columbia. Watch for the RSVP service or call ahead at 379-9440.
Wildhorse runs a Round-Up bus schedule, and more information about that route is available by calling 278-2274. Taxi service is available by calling Elite Taxi at 276-8294.
Call the Chamber of Commerce at 276-7411.