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Crooked River Roundup Horse Races canceled due to COVID-19

Crooked River Roundup horse racing
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Crooked River Roundup Horse Races are a favorite of many

Roundup rodeo was canceled earlier in the month

PRINEVILLE, Ore. (KTVZ) -- The 2020 Crooked River Roundup Horse Races will not go forward this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it was announced Friday.

The Roundup’s parimutuel horse races were set to run July 15-18 at the Crook County Fairgrounds in Prineville. The races attract the largest daily handle of any race track in Oregon and the largest average daily attendance of any track in the state. 

Earlier this month, the Roundup Association announced the cancellation of the 75th Annual Crooked River Roundup rodeo. In 1967, parimutuel horse racing was added to the lineup of Crooked River Roundup events.

“It has become clear that July is not a viable option, based on the uncertainties due to COVID-19,” said Roundup Horse Race chair Doug Smith. “The decision to cancel was made with a heavy heart. We want to thank our sponsors, volunteers and community members who support this treasured event.”

The races will return in July of 2021.

About the Crooked River Roundup

Produced by a dedicated board of directors and more than 200 volunteers, Prineville’s Crooked River Roundup brings together community members and visitors to witness the athleticism of the nation’s top cowboys and cowgirls.

Began by local ranchers in 1945 to celebrate the cultural heritage of the “Cowboy Capital of Oregon,” the CRR has evolved into one of the oldest family-friendly events in Oregon.

The Crooked River Roundup consists of a PRCA rodeo the last weekend of June and four days of horse racing in July.

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  1. Crook County get approval from our so-called Governor to open back up on Thursday- at 9:30 a.m. Friday we are told this event has been cancelled.

    “It has become clear that July is not a viable option, based on the uncertainties due to COVID-19,” said Roundup Horse Race chair Doug Smith. “

    “Not viable” ? “July” is still two months away !

    Here’s an idea- People will stay in their cars during the race- set up various booths to take bets-use the CC High school parking lot if you want.

    Spend two weeks constructing a large projection screen and create a “drive-in” horse race.

    We’ve been doing movies in the park for decades now- so let’s stop thinking of ways to cancel events and start utilizing advanced technology to our benefit- drones take excellent videos and can be used in real time.

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