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Rodeos Celebrating 100 Years in 2010
The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) was started in 1936. But that wasn't the beginning of rodeo. The first rodeo is credited to an argument between two neighboring ranches in 1869. The Cowboys were arguing over who performed the ranching tasks better and the rest is history.
In 2010, two significant rodeos are celebrating 100 years of competition. These rodeos are the Pendleton Roundup in Pendleton, Oregon and The California Rodeo in Salinas, California. This article will recognize the last 100 years of both of these rodeos.
The California Rodeo
Salinas, California is the home of The California Rodeo. (In California they call it Ro-Day-O, when we get to Pendleton next it'll be back to plain old rodeo.)
The California Rodeo started as a Wild West Show. They started having exhibitions of bucking horses which led to a full rodeo performance.The founder of the rodeo was "Red" Cornett, he wanted to call it "Big Week". The week of festivities included the rodeo, carnivals, parades, and races. Frank Griffin then called it "The California Rodeo".
The California Rodeo in Salinas is the largest rodeo in California. The dates celebrating their 100th year while be July 15-18, 2010. They have a Heritage Museum that is open during the rodeo, but this year they will also be starting their own Hall of Fame.
The Pendleton Roundup
Pendleton, Oregon held their first rodeo September 29, 2010 for a large crowd of 7000 people. (We're back in Oregon now, so it is ro-dee-o.) Pendleton held their first round-up as a way of creating income for their town. Before the round up started their major income was from the 4th of July celebration. They realized all of the towns around were holding 4th of July celebrations and they wanted a celebration unique to their town. The Pendleton Roundup was born.
The Pendleton Roundup and Happy Canyon Pageant will be held this year September 11-18, 2010.
Two rodeos celebrating 100 years. Salinas, California and Pendleton, Oregon. One may call it ro-day-o and one ro-dee-o. That's not the only difference. They both started around the same time, but both of these rodeos started for different reasons. What they have in common is they were built by one of the most important words that holds the rodeo world together---tradition.