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Preparing for the Stick Horse Race!

Preparing for the Stick Horse Race- Black & White Stick Horse being decorated by a young girl

It’s that time of year again. Excitement, fun, and warmer summer weather on the streets of Prineville. And the creation of dozens and dozens of colorful wooden steeds to be used in the Crooked River Roundup Stick Horse Races as kids paint and decorate their horses the day before at Western Daze in Prineville!

Horses and Decorating Materials Provided

This year, on Saturday, 6/25, children will be coming to the Mid Oregon booth at Pioneer Park in Prineville, where the credit union will be providing stick horses and decorating supplies for the Stick Horse Race on Sunday. Starting at 10 am, as long as supplies last, kids will customize their own wooden steed for the race. scheduled to start at approximately 3:00 pm the following day at the Crooked River Roundup Rodeo at the Fairgrounds in Prineville.

The Stick Horse decorating is part of Western Daze, organized each year by Crook County Park & Recreation at Pioneer Park in Prineville. Starting Friday with vendors, live music, dancing, games and prizes, Western Daze culminates on Saturday with the Crooked River Round Up Parade from 9 to 11:30 am, followed by live music, entertainment and more. Visit the Crook County Park & Rec event Facebook Page for details.

Mid Oregon Sponsoring Sunday at the Rodeo

Mid Oregon has been providing the stick horses and decorations with Credit Union staff volunteering for many years. The Stick Horse Race held on 6/26 is part of the Mid Oregon Credit Union sponsored Sunday at the Rodeo, starting at 2 pm, where kids under 18 get in for free. All children under 10 years old are eligible to participate in the Stick Horse Race.

The Crooked River Roundup Rodeo starts Friday night at 7 pm, sponsored by St. Charles Health Care System, continues Saturday at 7 pm, sponsored by Oregonians Credit Union and finishes on Sunday. The first rodeo event, however, is the Crooked River Roundup Cattle Drive on Wednesday 6/22, down 3rd street & Main Street in Prineville, starting at 5 pm. Visit the Crooked River Roundup website or its Facebook page for all the details.

The blank stick horses are free and so are the decorating paints, but they are for kids to compete in the race on Sunday, and quantities are limited. Please come early.

See you at the Park!

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