Monday, July 22, 2024

Redmond, Ore. – The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s (PRCA) High Desert Stampede is set to begin this week at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds & Expo Center in Redmond, Oregon. It is one of Central Oregon’s major annual rodeo events and will run from April 3rd through the 6th.

The event will kick off Wednesday with the Extreme Bull Performance at 7pm. Thursday will feature a Women’s Barrel Racing Slack at 10 am, while the evening features the start of the PRCA’s NFR Playoff Series round at 7 pm, which will continue on Friday and Saturday at the same time.

“Avid rodeo fans come for the world champion athletes and animals. Families visit Central Oregon for spring break skiing, golfing and add rodeo as their finale.  Even if you’re just looking for a fun evening, come to join the party!” said the High Desert Stampede.

The vendor retail marketplace opens at 5pm each evening as well. An after-party will also take place in the CS Construction Chute 9 Pavilion at 9pm following the performances each evening. Friday evening will also feature a Tailgate Party with Bend’s CRoss-Eyed Cricket starting at 5pm.

“For any rodeo to be successful it takes the support of the community, we at HDS are blessed to be in Central Oregon. We have enjoyed the support of sponsors, fairgrounds, media, volunteers, local government, advertisers, fans, and the list could go on. Without this support it would be impossible to be where we are and to get to where we want to be” said HDS Chairman Denis Fast in an online message.

“High Desert Stampede sincerely appreciates everyone who has supported us and welcome new interested entities in building the tradition.”

Tickets for the event are available online at and are $5 off door prices.

Additionally, the Oregon Horse Council is hosting its Country Marketplace on Friday and Saturday throughout the day until the performance kicks off at 7 p.m. Vendor space is sold out. The marketplace will include home decor, western / ranch , clothing, jewelry, equestrian clubs, and an equine tack/fee. It’ll be located in the High Desert Activity Center.