PENDLETON - The handiwork of four Pendleton High School students will be on display at this month's Let 'er Buck Ball, set for New Year's Eve at the Hamley's steakhouse in Pendleton.

The students designed and painted a giant 6-foot fiberglass cowboy boot, commemorating various parts of the Pendleton Round-Up. The work of art will be auctioned during the event, with proceeds helping fund the Round-Up's Centennial Plaza project at the grounds.

The students were commissioned by Let 'er Buck Ball Committee Chairwoman Jennifer Hawkins, also guided by Pendleton art teachers Randy Gundlach and Gia Weathers. They spent well over 100 hours on the project, spanning several weeks - for some, even into Thanksgiving break.

The boot's features include a bucking bull, rodeo fans, American flags and a bronc rider, among others. But it won't be the only thing auctioned at the ball. Eight 18-inch cowboy boot models, plus another 6-foot boot painted by Pendleton artist Vicky Pearce, will also be sold.

- Eric Florip

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