Monday, September 24, 2018

Kennedy School History Pub

Happy Canyon - A History of the World's Most Unique Indian Pageant and Wild West Show

Kennedy School

6 p.m. doors, 7 p.m. event


All ages welcome

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About Happy Canyon - A History of the World's Most Unique Indian Pageant and Wild West Show

Happy Canyon - A History of the World's Most Unique Indian Pageant and Wild West Show

Presented by Becky Waggoner, Author

For over a century, Happy Canyon, the night show of the Pendleton Round-Up, has brought together families, friends and strangers to witness a joyous celebration of local Pendleton, Oregon, history. The spirit of the Old West and the beauty of tribal life unfolds like a Western Brigadoon each September.  

With a passion to see Happy Canyon’s story told, Becky Fletcher Waggoner, will reveal how the show began, the six-generation family participation, the beauty of the show’s Native American and non-Native American culture from Eastern Oregon, including the key livestock.  As the story unfolds, you’ll discover both Happy Canyon’s history and the entertaining stories that have occurred over the years.

About the Speaker:

Becky Waggoner of Pilot Rock, Oregon, is a fourth generation Happy Canyon Show participant and Round-Up volunteer and a fifth generation resident of Umatilla County.  Besides cattle ranching and working part-time for Mautz & O’Hanlon, LLP, Becky loves to research history.

Becky began volunteering in the show at the age of three, coming out of the trunk.  She has played several roles in the show over the years and now plays the part of the nurse in the Doctor Act. Out of her love of the show and its colorful history, Becky recently authored Happy Canyon:  A History of the World’s Most Unique Indian Pageant and Wild West Show.

Becky and her husband, Allen, former Happy Canyon Show Director and President, have three children, Kyle, Kaleigh and Riley—all fifth generation Happy Canyon volunteers and actors.  On with the show!

About Kennedy School History Pub

Kennedy School History Pub

These monthly, free events are open to everyone interested in Oregon and Pacific Northwest history. Co-sponsored by like-minded historical and civic organizations, we bring you experts, scholars, first-person experiencers and historians who expound on topics from Lewis and Clark to shipwrecks, hop growing to women pioneers and far, far beyond. It's like being back in the classroom - except this time you get to settle into comfortable seats and enjoy a drink or two with dinner while you listen and learn.

This event is eligible for a History Pub Stamp