“Let ‘er Buck!” is a popular phrase for two different types of sports fans; UW football fans and Pendleton Round-up fans! I had a blast in Oregon and I made some great memories with 8 other state queens. Miss Rodeo Oregon, Ashley Ziegler organized a trip for us to tour Oregon and watch the 100th anniversary of the Pendleton Round-up. Miss Rodeo North Dakota, Tiffany Kuntz; Miss Rodeo Florida, Heather Hall; Miss Rodeo Colorado, Kasie Pigg; Miss Rodeo Virginia, Anita Moorehead; Miss Rodeo Montana, Jourdan Han and Miss Rodeo Canada Princess, Dana Hansen joined me as we traveled across the state of Oregon in a 12-passenger van.
We started our tour in Portland and after visiting a children’s hospital, we took a trip up the beautiful Oregon coast to tour the Tillimook Cheese factory. What a treat!! We were able to see how the cheese was made and we even got to taste test some cheese and ice cream! That night we stayed 150 feet from the ocean in a beach house! Unfortunately for me and my adventurous side, it was raining and it was much too cold to swim in the ocean!
The next day was nice and relaxing for us to dress casual as we drove across the state to Pendleton. We were able to see the diverse landscape from rainforest to desert and we stopped at one of North America’s tallest waterfalls, Multonomah Falls! Of coarse we kept ourselves busy during the drive with karaoke and funny stories from our year together! It was a great day!!
Once in Pendleton, we paraded down the streets in wagons during the Westward Ho Parade! I had a blast riding in the wagon with North Dakota and Montana with our Belgian, Captain leading the way. For those of you who haven’t been to the Pendleton Round-up, I strongly suggest that you add it to your bucket list! What an awesome rodeo!! It can be compared to Cheyenne Frontier Days in that it’s completely different from any other rodeo but it's in a world of it’s own with the grass arena! I think it’s one of my favorite rodeos so far!! We didn’t have any duties at the rodeo, so we were able to watch as cowboys competed for one of their last chances to qualify for the Wrangler NFR! It was a world class rodeo!!
I was sad to leave Oregon knowing that I had so much fun but I plan on going back to Pendleton for another trip!!