Pendleton Round-Up – Sept. 10-17, 2022

Last December, in a vote by members of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA), the Pendleton Round-Up Association was once again named the Large Outdoor Rodeo Committee of the Year at the annual PRCA Awards Banquet in Las Vegas. The 111-year-old event has earned the title eight times since 2003.

“There is no higher honor than to be recognized by cowboy contestants, contract personnel and fellow rodeo committees,” said the Pendleton Round-Up publicity director Pat Reay. “It is because of the dedication of many volunteers, staff, sponsors, fans, the community and loyal supporters that the Round-Up has been able to be recognized by our peers in the rodeo industry.”

The Pendleton Round-Up is an eight-time recipient of the nod, having scooped up the award in 2003, 2010 (during the Round-Up’s centennial year), 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and again in 2021.
Pendleton Round-Up contract service providers also fared well at the December banquet, with nominations for the following award categories: Announcers of the Year, Wayne Brooks; Clown of the Year, Justin Rumford; Bullfighters of the Year, Nate Jestes and Dusty Tuckness; Comedy Act of the Year, Matt Merritt; Photographers of the Year, Roseanna Sales, Clay Guardipee and the late Bob Click; Pickup Man of the Year, Matt Twitchell; Secretary of the Year, Haley Bridwell; and Timer of the Year, Molly Jane Twitchell.

Justin Rumford was named Clown of the Year for his 10th time. Matt Twitchell was named the Pickup Man of the Year for his second time and his wife Molly Twitchell was named one of the two PRCA Timers of the Year. And the Pendleton Round-Up was one of five rodeos to be nominated for the Hesston Sowing Good Deeds Award.

This year’s 112th Pendleton Round-Up week Sept. 10-17, with the Dress-Up Parade kicking off the festivities on Saturday, Sept. 10, in downtown Pendleton. That evening at 7 p.m., the Kick-Off Concert in the Happy Canyon Arena will be headlined by chart-topping country star Kip Moore. He is known for such hit songs as “Somethin’ Bout a Truck,” “Hey Pretty Girl,” “Beer Money” and “More Girls Like You.” His fourth studio album, “Wild World,” was released last year.

The rodeo action starts on Monday and Tuesday with slack events including breakaway roping, team roping and barrel racing in the daytime, and the Xtreme Bullriding Finale in the evenings. Cowboy breakfasts will be held Wednesday through Saturday at Stillman Park, followed by PRCA rodeo events starting at 1:15 p.m. and the Happy Canyon Night Show each evening at 7:45.
For more information about the Pendleton Round-Up, including a complete schedule and online ticket sales, visit You can also visit the event’s Facebook Facebook page.