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Timeline
Since 1916 the Happy Canyon Night Show has thrilled audiences and become the world’s most unique Indian Pageant. Every year over 500 volunteers come together to portray the culture and traditions of local tribes, the coming of Lewis and Clark and the Oregon Trail pioneers, concluding with the fast action of a frontier town. We invite you to join us in the tradition and history of Happy Canyon, where the Old West lives on!
1868
  The name Happy Canyon was given to that part of the Umatilla River area from the Barnhart station to the Jack Morton farm one mile below Nolan.
1913
  The idea of the current Happy Canyon show was formed following the Umatilla-Morrow County Fair, which was held on what is now the corner of Frazier and Main Streets in Pendleton. Roy Raley, Lee Drake and George Hartman are credited with holding the discussion, concluding evening entertainment was needed for the Round-Up crowds.
1914
  Roy Raley wrote a show that was what we now know as the Wild West portion of Happy Canyon. History tells us that he used stories from his father, Colonel Raley, who came to Oregon on the Oregon Trail. Their farm was located where the Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution is now. In 1914 the show used a wooden clapboard set at the corner of Frazier and Main Street. The Indian portion of the show was to come in 1916.
1916
  The current script for Happy Canyon began. A new structure was built at the site currently occupied by Western Auto and Baxter Auto Parts and the East Oregonian reported that the last nail was driven in as the show opened to a sell-out crowd.
1942-1943
  World War II – Happy Canyon was not held
1955
  Happy Canyon’s last show at the site currently occupied by Western Auto and Baxter Auto Parts. The property was sold to Safeway stores for $100,000. Construction of the present Happy Canyon facility was started in cooperation with local, state, and federal government agencies.
1956
  The first show was held in the present location. The new structure featured an enlarged seating capacity for 4,230.
1970
  Pendleton’s District Attorney, Joe Smith, declared gambling illegal at Happy Canyon.
1971
  The Oregon legislature enacted the Happy Canyon Gambling Act, put through by Ruff Raymond, which is currently used by other non-profit establishments throughout Oregon.
1976
  Happy Canyon purchased adjacent property, creating additional parking.
1986
  Happy Canyon Directors were involved in a stagecoach accident during the Westward Ho! Parade. Several were injured and past directors filled in for them.
1990
  Pendleton purchased the National Guard Armory and converted it to a convention center.
1991
  Happy Canyon’s 75th Anniversary celebration.
1996
  New east wing of Happy Canyon scenery completed.
1998
  East half of scenery replaced.
1999
  PBR event was held for the first time in the Happy Canyon arena on Monday and Tuesday of Round-Up week.
2005
  The Happy Canyon Arena Roof is removed after 50 years of service as it becomes a safety concern. The Board undertakes a fundraising project to replace the roof and upgrade arena facilities.
2006
  Happy Canyon celebrates its 90th anniversary with a large contingent of volunteers representing the Night Show at the Portland Rose Festival Grand Floral Parade.
2009
  In 2009 the roof was replaced after a successful fund raising effort. The Happy Canyon board is also moving forward with fundraising efforts aimed at upgrading the structure with some exciting improvements.
The Happy Canyon Board, both past and present, would like to thank the many individuals who, for 84 years, have volunteered their time, their energy and their ideas to create the four nights of pageantry history and fun that we know as Happy Canyon.
 
 
 
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Advance ticket orders are available year-round by calling the Round-Up office at:
1-800-45-RODEO.

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Goldie's Bar at the Canyon

For those 21 or over come and visit Goldies Saloon at the Canyon.  Wet your whistle with your favorite beverage from our friendly bartenders.  Enjoy up tempo dancing inside with a DJ mixing your favorite dance tunes or dance outside under the stars with a live band pumping out the songs you love.  Don’t miss the “Rockin Divas” dancing on the bar and adding to the festive atmosphere of the nonstop party.  Don’t miss Goldies Saloon at the Canyon the ONLY place to gather for your nighttime Round-Up entertainment.

Goldie's Saloon at the Canyon operates on September 16th-19th 2015 from 8:00PM to 2:00AM.

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