As proclaimed by the City of Prineville and Crook County, 2020 was The Year of the Cowboy, which perfectly encompasses all that the Crooked River Roundup and Fair Association hope to promote by bringing these two large events to Prineville, Oregon, every year. Thousands of people from across the United States attend these celebrations as part of their destination vacations, and we welcome everyone who’s ever been (or dreamt of being) part of this rugged, elite group of athletes.
Produced by a dedicated Board of Directors and more than 200 volunteers, the CRR gathers community members and visitors alike to witness the tremendous athleticism of the nation’s top cowboys and cowgirls. Started in 1945 by local ranchers 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 and includes a PRCA rodeo the last weekend of June and four days of horse racing in July. In fact, the CRR is a PRCA-sanctioned rodeo that was recognized by the Columbia River Circuit as the 2018 Medium Size Rodeo of the Year.
If you could write your own job title concerning what you do here, what would it be? I plant, and then nurture, the seeds of change and growth!
Describe any professional designations and industry-related accomplishments. I like to have as many tools in my toolbox as possible! I am a general notary, a master gardener, have an OLCC license and food handlers card, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology. You’ll often see me around Central Oregon working local events during the weekend. For most of my life, I have lived and breathed hospitality and tourism. I love chatting with people, especially those who have the travel bug – like me!
What inspires you about working for the Prineville – Crook County Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center? People inspire me! Being able to support those who do what they love every day is what inspires me about working at the Chamber!
Give us a few personal details. I love music, dancing, and traveling! If you ever come to my house, you’ll find the record player roaring, a couple of candles lit, and a plethora of memorabilia from my adventures!
Tell us what inspires you, or provide your favorite inspirational quote. “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” – Maya Angelou