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Fourth of July Fun

Family day, parade, barbecue, rodeo, and more at St. Paul Rodeo

Family Day at the St. Paul Rodeo on July 4 includes a parade, free pony and wagon rides, the Great Western Barbecue Cook-off, and a $2 discount on matinee rodeo tickets. Photo by Hoot Creek.

St. Paul, Ore. (June 30, 2017) – There’s nothing more American on the Fourth of July than a parade, good eats, a carnival, a rodeo, and fireworks.

And St. Paul, Oregon has all of them.

The matinee performance of the St. Paul Rodeo on July 4 is Family Day at the rodeo.

Tickets are discounted $2 for the 1:30 pm performance, and families can make a day out of it.

The annual parade begins at 10 am on Main Street, St. Paul, and after that, families can congregate at the St. Paul Rodeo for good food, kids’ activities, and the rodeo.

This year, Family Day activities have moved from the main arena to the warm-up arena, located directly south of the grandstand, in the grassy area. The move allows participants to enjoy activities longer; in past years, activities have been cut short because of the need to prepare the arena for the 1:30 pm show.

Free wagon rides and pony rides and autographs from the St. Paul Rodeo queen and princesses highlight Family Day, which runs from 11:30-1 pm.

Families can also eat at the Main Stage Tent, during the Great Western Barbecue Cook-off. The cook-off will serve plates of barbecue (choose either pork loin or tri-tip), Reser’s potato salad and a roll for $12. Beverages are sold separately.

It’s a wonderful opportunity for families, said Cindy Schonholtz, general manager of the St. Paul Rodeo. “It’s a great family day. You can start with the parade, then go to the barbecue cook-off, get free pony rides and wagon rides, go to the carnival, and then to the rodeo.” The carnival opens at 11 am on July 4 and runs till 11 pm.

The final rodeo performance is at 7:30 pm on July 4; each night of the St. Paul Rodeo, June 30-July 4, has fireworks as the grand finale.

The St. Paul Rodeo kicks off June 30, and runs through July 4 with performances each night at 7:30 pm and a 1:30 pm matinee on July 4. The carnival, Wild West Art Show, and the Tack Room Saloon are just a few of the activities for fans. Rodeo tickets are available online and at the gate. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.StPaulRodeo.com or call 800.237.5920.

Schedule of events, St. Paul Rodeo

June 29

5 pm – Hall of Fame Barbecue, Quick Draw and Auction benefitting the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund (Main Stage Tent)

June 30

8 am –Timed event slack (open to the public)
4 pm – Wild West Art Show opens – music by Bill Coleman and David Higginbotham
4 pm – Carnival opens
5 pm – Tack Room Saloon opens
7:30 pm – St. Paul Rodeo, first performance – fireworks following the rodeo

July 1

8 am –Timed event slack (open to the public)
11 am – Carnival opens
2:30 pm – Tack Room Saloon opens – live music “The Menace”
3 pm – Wild West Art Show opens – live music by Bill Coleman and Dave Higginbotham
7:30 pm – St. Paul Rodeo, second performance – fireworks following the rodeo

July 2

11 am – Carnival opens
3 pm – Timed event slack (open to the public)
4 pm – Wild West Art Show opens – Cowboy poet Tom Swearingen with Andy Bales on the guitar
4 pm – Tack Room Saloon opens – Celebrity Bartender Night
7:30 pm – St. Paul Rodeo, third performance – fireworks following the rodeo

July 3

11 am – Carnival opens
3 pm – Wild West Art Show opens – live entertainment: Cowboy Poet Tom Swearingen with Andy Bales on the Guitar.
3 pm – Timed event slack (open to the public)
3 pm – The Fan (1080 AM) Live broadcast (Main Stage Tent)
4 pm – Tack Room Saloon opens – 99.5 The Wolf bartendsrs
7:30 pm – St. Paul Rodeo, fourth performance – fireworks following the rodeo

July 4

10 am – Fourth of July parade
11 am – Carnival opens
11 am – Great Western Barbecue Cook-off (Main Stage Tent)
11 am – Wild West Art Show opens
11:30 am – Family Day Kids activities (Warm-up Arena)
12 noon –Tack Room Saloon opens
1:30 pm – St. Paul Rodeo, fifth performance
7:30 pm – St. Paul Rodeo, sixth and final performance – fireworks following the rodeo