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Bickleton lets 'er rip with 104th rodeo, picnic

June 10, 2014

By Ross Courtney, Yakima Herald-Republic, Wash.

June 10--BICKLETON -- Residents here are gearing up for this weekend's 104th annual Alder Creek Pioneer Association Picnic and Rodeo.

A professional rodeo, live music, an outdoor church service and the yearly opening of Bickleton's historic carousel highlight the premier event for eastern Klickitat County.

Organizers bill the rodeo, sanctioned by the National Professional Rodeo Association, as the oldest in the state. The rodeo will feature both professional and local events, such as youth barrel racing, mutton bustin' and cow milking.

Rides on the carousel, brought out of storage once a year for the picnic, will be free Friday. Saturday and Sunday rides cost 50 cents each or three for $1. Admission to the concert and rodeo is $8 for adults and $4 for kids ages 6-12 for each event.

All activities for the three-day festival will be at the rodeo grounds in Cleveland Park, a neighborhood 4 miles west of Bickleton along the Bickleton-Goldendale Highway.

Highlights include:

--5 p.m. Friday: Carousel opens

--7 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday: Pioneer Association food booth is open.

--1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday: NPRA Rodeo

--8 p.m. Saturday: Dance under the stars with music by Lace & Lead

--9:30 a.m. Sunday: Open Air Church Service

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