Real cowboys (and gals) from across the county will gather Aug. 18 for the Wallowa County Stockgrowers Association Ranch Rodeo at the Wallowa County Fairgrounds. Admission is free.
The annual event features a variety of contests that showcase the skills of a working cowboy. Those events include horse races, muley roping, working cow dog, team sorting, youth sorting, team branding and ranch horse.
And then there’s the World Championship Rockjack Building Competition. Few people even know what a rockjack is, but Wallowa County cowboys are experts in the construction of the “top of the ground” fencepost.
Rockjacks are designed to hold up fencing where the ground is too rocky to dig fence post holes. Wallowa County ranchers have built miles of rockjack supported fence.
The experts tackle the process from log-splitting to assembly in a timed event. There’s no predicting a winner, as the number one obstacle to a good time is the splitting of the log, which can be easy or difficult depending on the log’s characteristics.
The free rodeo is open to the public beginning at 11 a.m.
A tri-tip dinner follows the rodeo at 7 p.m. Social hour begins at 6 p.m. Tickets for dinner are $15.
The day concludes with the presentation of awards, sale of rock jacks and awarding of scholarships for youth headed into agricultural careers at 7:30 p.m. followed by dance music by Steven K and the Bounty Hunters beginning at 8 p.m.
Raffle tickets for a $750 gift card from Wallowa County Grain Growers or Cabelas (winners choice) are also available for $20 each from 4-H and FFA members or at the event.
Proceeds from the event support Wallowa County Stockgrowers Association, scholarships and predator control funds.
Info: Cody Ross at 541-892-3561 or Jill McClaran at 541-263-1253.