"A cowboy is not a cowboy without rodeo.
Rodeo is not a rodeo without a cowboy."
– William James
This last week was one of activity for our Eastern Oregon friends as they once again celebrated in Pendleton at the Round-Up. A big shout-out to any of you who had the honor of attending this year since last year was one of the rare cancelations due to Covid in its 112-year history.
Pendleton Round Up - Let ‘Er Buck
Jennifer Currin Gutridge joined friends and family members at the Pendleton Round-Up last week. For Jennifer’s family Roundup is a tradition going back to the first rodeo in 1910. Jennifer was the Pendleton Round-up Queen in 1991 pictured below with her court.
Every Round-Up week begins with the Dress Up Parade, on the Saturday before the rodeo, in which many groups throughout Eastern Oregon participate. Many build floats and compete for first place. One of the favorite events on Friday of Round-Up week is the Westward Ho! Parade. No motorized vehicles allowed; ride a horse, walk or be in a covered wagon. On Monday and Tuesday, the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) compete. Wednesday, the Round-Up and Happy Canyon begin in full swing.
If you’re a rodeo fan and have never been to the Pendleton Round-Up, put it on your bucket list. It’s always a good idea to plan early as tickets are very popular. See you there in 2022?
Hard Rocks Summit – 2021 Denver, Colorado
I’ve been a member of the Board of Directors of The Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals in Hillsboro for some time. It is with pride that I share for the first time ever that the museum’s beautiful Alma Rose Rhodochrosite was displayed with the two other world class specimens of rhodochrosite mined from the Sweet Home Mine in Alma, Colorado, the “Alma King” and the “Alma Queen” at the Hard Rocks Summit show in Denver last week. The Alma Rose boast five large rhodochrosite crystals, speckled with yellowish calcite deposits. They have a deep pink, almost cherry-reddish coloring and are shaped like tilted rectangles. The Alma King is football sized ruby red beautifully pointed crystal, set on a bed of snowy white quartz. Some say it looks like a gigantic piece of candy. Executive Director, Aurore Giguet was invited as a guest panelist and will be returning to the Rice Museum with some additional displays.The Rice Museum is a Smithsonian Affiliate. To learn more visit www.ricenorthwestmuseum.org.
THE BOO TRAIN - Only In Oregon
Did you know there is a Boo Train Ride in Oregon that is scenic and great fun for the whole family? Check out the Flower Farmer in Canby known for its annual fall festival. Fall festival activities include a pumpkin patch, giant hay pyramid maze, lots of farm animals, homemade fall treats, and a pumpkin train. The miniature railroad is known as the Phoenix & Holly, which takes guests on a mile-long excursion. More on the Flower Farmer’s website. Address: 2512 N Holly St., Canby, OR.
Judith McGee, L.H.D., CFP®, ChFC®
Executive Vice President and Senior Lead Advisor
August data for the housing sector is available this week. The pace of sales for both new and existing homes has slowed from its torrid pace earlier in the year. The big news this week focuses on the meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee. It is possible that the Committee will present a firmer timeline for scaling back its current bond purchasing program.
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