Oregon’s Authentic Rodeo
The Pendleton Round-Up runs from September 12–19; 800/457-6336; pendletonroundup.com; tickets from $14.
Summer is prime time for rodeo watching. Here, some of the best.
Wrangler Million-Dollar Tour Top 12 cowboys and team-roping pairs participate in this competition for a $750,000 prize. Omaha, Neb.; September 24–26; 402/554-9600; rivercityroundup.org; tickets from $17.
Wrangler National Finals Rodeo Rodeo champs are crowned here each year in a glitzy Sin City setting. Las Vegas; December 3–12; 719/593-8840; prorodeo.com; tickets from $45.
Reno Rodeo Mutton Busting and Xtreme Bulls are crowd favorites at this 90-year-old rodeo. Reno, Nev.; June 17–26, 2010; 800/225-2277; renorodeo.com; tickets from $10.
Calgary Stampede Canada meets the Wild West: think bull riding, steer wrestling, and beef-cattle showcases. Calgary, Alberta; July 9–18, 2010; calgarystampede.com; 800/661-1767; tickets from $14.
Cheyenne Frontier Days This enormous outdoor festival (and rodeo) has an Old West Museum, a chuck-wagon cook-off, and a tour of a tribal village. Cheyenne, Wyo.; July 23–August 1, 2010; 800/227-6336; cfdrodeo.com; tickets from $12.
This classic Oregonian blanket is making a comeback in the company’s hundredth year in business. Portland’s Ace Hotel commissioned ash-gray coverlets for every guest room, and the iconic plaid shirts (so popular with surfers in the 60’s that the Beach Boys started out as “The Pendletones”) have been sold at boutiques such as Opening Ceremony, in New York City. Brightly patterned tribal throws (the Four Winds is Navajo-inspired) or muted striped Yakima Camp blankets (from $88), made from local sheep’s wool, are available at the Pendleton Woolen Mill (1307 S.E. Court Place; 541/276-6911; pendleton-usa.com), on the outskirts of town.