Bulls, broncs, benefits: Stampede ups the ante on entertainment

July, 2016 Posted in Community
Bull riding is one of the fan favorites at the Santiam Canyon Stampede. Photo by Gary Dayton

Bull riding is one of the fan favorites at the Santiam Canyon Stampede. Photo by Gary Dayton

By Mary Owen

The Santiam Canyon Stampede is more than a great professional rodeo.

For two decades, the Stampede has been a way to benefit the community.

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, this year’s Stampede is July 22-23 at the Sublimity Harvest Festival grounds.

“As we look back, it’s hard to believe that it has been two decades of donating back to the community, creating change and betterment for all – volunteering, family entertainment, working with kids, lots of growth and change, and let’s not forget, professional rodeo competition,” Stampede spokeswoman Corky Justis said.

Justis credits the rodeo’s success to the Stampede Board, volunteers and business partners.

20th annual Santiam Canyon Stampede
Friday, July 22, Saturday, July 23
Sublimity Harvest Festival Grounds
11880 Sublimity Road., SE, Sublimity
Professional rodeo, music, food,
Kids’ Corral and more.
Daily tickets: $13 in advance,
$17 at the gate for adults;
$9 in advance $13 at the gate
forages 5-12; 5 and under are free

Tickets available at:
Wilco Farm Stores in Stayton,
Silverton, Oregon City and Lebanon;
Double H Western Wear in Salem;
Riverview Bank in Aumsville.
Online at staytontonevents.com,
or: scsrodeo.org.

Visit the Santiam Canyon Stampede’s
Facebook page to see updates and photographs.
For a full listing of activities,
visit www.scsrodeo.org.

“Many of them have been with the Stampede since its start,” she said. “We couldn’t do the rodeo without them. The support we have had from all these people over the years has cemented the bond the board feels toward them. We like to call ourselves a family here at the Stampede.”

Joining in the fun is this year’s Miss Santiam Canyon Stampede Nicole Rice. Originally from Scappoose, Rice lives in McMinnville.

“She has been a princess twice before and is thrilled to have been crowned queen of the Stampede,” Justis said.

“She is traveling not only in the state of Oregon, but the entire Northwest representing the Stampede at rodeos, parades, schools, queen coronations, and various other events. She really enjoys kids, and would like to invite them to come see her at the Stampede.”

Fan response was positive to the new arena layout last year, and again, seating will be available in the arena, Justis said.

“They loved being down with all the dirt-flying action,” she said. “We believe these seats will become crowd favorites.”

This year, the Stampede is bringing back the Donkey Races, and Justis recommends getting a team together and to register for the event.

“It only takes two people,” she said. “One leads and one rides to the marked spot in the arena and then riders switch spots and race for the finish line. It’s a lot of fun and laughs.”

A barrel race for motorcycles versus horses is new this year. Before the rodeo starts, visitors 21 and older can visit the big tent for the Stampede Tailgate for games, prizes and fun, she said.

“We have some special items planned for the Grand Entry this year in honor of our 20th anniversary,” Justis said. 

“If you asked people their favorite rodeo event, you would not get one definitive answer. Each event has its own fan base.”

However, Justis said the kids’ events always get the crowd excited.

“Mutton Bustin’ always finds the crowd hopping to their feet to follow the small riders wherever the sheep takes them.”

“And junior barrel racing has caught people’s attention. Another kids’ favorite is the Kids’ Corral, and kids get to take advantage of all the fun, free on Friday night thanks to our partner, Sublimity Insurance.”

After the rodeo ends, the high-flying action of X Game Gold medalist and Metal Mulisha rider Justin Homan gets started.

“The crowd loves the thrills and excitement of whip it, superman and backflips, just to name a few,” Justis said.

Activities kick off each night with the Stampede Tailgate, 5:45-6:45 p.m. for ages 21 and older.

NPRA Rodeo action follows at 7 p.m. with bareback riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, saddle bronc, team roping, barrel racing, break-away roping and bull riding, as well as mutton bustin’, junior barrel racing, donkey races, extreme motorcycles, and the Kids’ Corral.

Music will be provided by Country Wide in the big tent.

Both Saturday and Sunday, a Cowboy Breakfast will be held 7 a.m. to noon at the Sublimity Fire Station. Proceeds benefit the fire department.

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