PENDLETON — Colorful attire, rides and costumes exploded onto Pendleton’s streets Saturday for the Main Street Cowboys’ Dress-Up Parade to kickoff the long-awaited return of the Round-Up after a canceled year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite high COVID-19 case numbers and a smaller than average showing, it’s official: Round-Up week is here. “People are ready to have fun,” said Rod Thompson, a Vietnam veteran who has been attending for 40 years and said it felt good to be back. Thompson said he had learned a long time ago to do whatever your town does, explaining that if you live in New York City and want to be happy, to visit the theater. If you live in Minnesota, you go fishing. “When you live in Pendleton,” he said, “you come to the Round-Up.” Related events continue all week, with the Pendleton Round-Up beginning Wednesday and running through Sunday. For more information, visit www.pendletonroundup.com.

PENDLETON — Colorful attire, rides and costumes exploded onto Pendleton’s streets Saturday for the Main Street Cowboys’ Dress-Up Parade to kickoff the long-awaited return of the Round-Up after a canceled year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Despite high COVID-19 case numbers and a smaller than average showing, it’s official: Round-Up week is here.

“People are ready to have fun,” said Rod Thompson, a Vietnam veteran who has been attending for 40 years and said it felt good to be back.

Thompson said he had learned a long time ago to do whatever your town does, explaining that if you live in New York City and want to be happy, to visit the theater. If you live in Minnesota, you go fishing.

“When you live in Pendleton,” he said, “you come to the Round-Up.”

Related events continue all week, with the Pendleton Round-Up beginning Wednesday and running through Sunday. For more information, visit www.pendletonroundup.com.

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