In the early days of the High Desert Rendezvous, the popular event was held at Hooker Creek Ranch. For the last 11 years, the gala has been held at the High Desert Museum. Recently, supporters began reminiscing about the Western rodeo nights of the Rendezvous, prompting the museum to bring its signature event back to its roots.
For the first time in more than a decade, the High Desert Rendezvous, the High Desert Museum’s annual fundraiser and gala, will return to live rodeo events and games. The event will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday at Horse Butte Equestrian Center (60360 Horse Butte Road, Bend), at the ranch of museum trustee Elizabeth McCool.
The event will feature team riding, roping, quick-draw shooting, frying-pan tossing, card games, Western barbecue, open bars and a live and silent auction of global getaways and adventures, Western art and private dinners.
“This signature 23rd annual event will rival the legendary excitement of Rendezvous galas of the past, combining rugged Western fun with incomparable community spirit to raise funds for the museum’s renowned educational programs," Janeanne A. Upp, the museum’s president, is quoted in a press release for the event.
Tickets are $150 each for museum members. Individual tickets for non-members are $200 (includes individual membership). Tickets for couples are $350 (includes family membership).
Contact: www.highdesert rendezvous.org, hdr@high desertmuseum.org or 541-382-4754, ext. 365.