ABOUT CROOKED RIVER ROUNDUP
We Are Cowboy Capital of Oregon | About Crooked River Roundup
As proclaimed by the City of Prineville and Crook County, 2020 is The Year of the Cowboy, which perfectly encompasses all that the Crooked River Roundup and Fair Association hope to promote by bringing these two large events to Prineville, Oregon, every year. Thousands of people from across the United States attend these celebrations as part of their destination vacations, and we welcome everyone who’s ever been (or dreamt of being) part of this rugged, elite group of athletes.
Produced by a dedicated Board of Directors and more than 200 volunteers, the CRR gathers community members and visitors alike to witness the tremendous athleticism of the nation’s top cowboys and cowgirls. Started in 1945 by local ranchers to celebrate the cultural heritage of the “Cowboy Capital of Oregon,” the CRR has evolved into one of the oldest, family-friendly events in Oregon and includes a PRCA rodeo the last weekend of June and four days of horse racing in July. In fact, the CRR is a PRCA-sanctioned rodeo that was recognized by the Columbia River Circuit as the 2018 Medium Size Rodeo of the Year.
Did you know?
In 1979, in the midst of a massive rebuild and two weeks prior to the show, a work party was held. One volunteer in particular, Cecil Sly, showed the energy of someone half his age and kept pushing the rest to get jobs done: The outside fence on the racetrack got completed, the box seats were replaced in the grandstand, the Pari-mutuel Room was finished, the track lighting was redone, and the arena fencing was reestablished to the point that the rodeo could be held…all in one Saturday.