The Diamond in the Rough: Crooked River Roundup Kickoff Party

Combining community and celebration in Prineville—the Cowboy Capital of Oregon—with the 75th diamond anniversary of the Crooked River Roundup proved to be the stuff of magic on February 8, 2020. This sold-out  event (500 people) and extra-special Crooked River Roundup Signature Event marked three-quarters’ of a century of rich history and generous support by netting $10,000 for local nonprofit beneficiaries, including supporting 2020 Roundup Queen, Emily McDaniel, during her reign; enhancing Crook County High School Culinary Arts, Cheerleading, FFA, and National Junior ROTC programs; and providing a scholarship to an Oregon FFA member for a Washington D.C. leadership conference. In fact, over the last five years, the CRR has raised and donated more than $75,000 to 35 local organizations.

“The CRR is more than just a professional rodeo in Prineville,” said Jason Snider, CRR president. “It unites our community and affords us the tremendous privilege of coming together to invest in our youth.”

The Gala included the introduction of Mike and Donna Mohan, CRR’s 2020 Grand Marshals, and the crowning of the Queen. City officials in Prineville recently honored this milestone year by proclaiming 2020 as the “Year of the Cowboy.”

“We’re truly grateful to everyone who came out to support the 75th Anniversary Kickoff event,” said Snider. “The enthusiasm and generosity we experienced went beyond our expectations and reminded us of the impact the Roundup has had on so many during its historic run.”

Plans for 2021 kickoff event have already begun!

For more information or to volunteer, contact the Roundup.

CRR Flashback

Did you know?

In 1991, the Roundup Association was excited to contribute $1,000 over five years to the Prineville Hospital Building Fund.

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