Dwayne Jacobs of Pendleton hangs out with a crowd of avid breakfast-goers.
With six women, and me, the only man, I keep pretty quiet, he laughed.
Jacobs and his wife, Patty, have been attending the Main Street Side Saddlers Twilight Breakfast for years with their group of predominately female friends. The group attends every year to see people they know, enjoy music and food and support the Side Saddlers.
I enjoy every minute of it, Jacobs said.
Main Street Cowboys and Side Saddlers worked together to keep the pancakes, eggs, ham and beverages flowing out to the hungry crowd that gathered 4 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Thursday at Stillman Park. They call it the unofficial official start of the Round-Up, and its their 51st year coordinating the breakfast.
The Main Street Cowboys manned the grills, provided a stage for entertainment and garbage services for the breakfast, and members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars made the pancake batter.
Musical entertainment was provided by Dave Cratty and Joe McCutcheon. Door prizes ranging from coolers to blankets from the Pendleton Woolen Mills were handed out to selected winners throughout the evening. The Round-Up court and Happy Canyon princesses stopped by as well.
Side Saddlers President Beckie Roberts said the breakfast is a fundraiser for the community.
It goes where there is a need, she said. They donate to the giving trees at Christmas time, the annual Easter egg hunt and the backpack program for local schools, among other programs.
Main Street Cowboys director Mark Jaeger said he enjoys watching everyone work together.
We work like a well-greased engine, he said
The Side Saddlers have been around for about 60 years, and many of their members have dedicated hours to the group endeavors. Marguerite Maznaritz has been a member for 23 years, and she plays the calliope with the Main Street Cowboys during the summer on their trips to parades throughout Oregon and Washington.
Ive been doing it for years, she said. Its really fun.
Gladys Biggerstaff, 82, has been a member since 1975.
Its just somethin I enjoy doing, Biggerstaff said.
The members dedication helped to raise $3,300 and encourage 675 people to attend the breakfast, Roberts said this morning.
It went really well, we were pleased, she said. We received great support.