PENDLETON, Oregon – It’s going to be a busy summer in Pendleton with the Fourth of July Parade, the Pendleton Whisky Music Fest featuring Maroon 5, the Harley-Davidson Pendleton Bike Week, and the state convention of the Oregon Lions Club on the calendar. Police Chief Stuart Roberts is glad that his department will be fully staffed.
“We’ve got a lot of events coming up and, of course, the culmination in the fall with Round-Up,” he said. “It’s going to be a pretty challenging time of year for us moving forward.”
The main events aren’t the only ones on tap for the summer months.
“I’m seeing parade permits and activity-type permits coming through on almost a daily basis now,” Roberts said. “It’s going to be a really busy summer for us.”
Visitors to each of the events bring and spend money in the Round-Up City, and Mayor John Turner says Pendleton is perfectly positioned to reap rewards from the ramped up tourism.
“We have hotel rooms in town,” Turner said. “We’ve got restaurants. We have amenities. We have places for these folks to go to have fun. No other town in northeast Oregon has this type of advantage.”
The hard work by Travel Pendleton and other organizations to make Pendleton pop for more than just the second full week in September will pay off, the mayor says, because of the citizens have had a lot of practice.
“We know how to put on a party, because we’ve been doing it for over 100 years,” Turner said. “Now we want to put on about six or 10 or 12 of them because of the economic impact that it has on the community.”