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In the far east of Oregon, a small town hosts a patriotic show for the Fourth of July
In the far east of Oregon, a small town hosts a patriotic show for the Fourth of July

VALE – Fourth of July events in this rural town at a major junction on the Oregon Trail included a pig racing dinner and pancakes.

For four days, the town of Vale, with a population of 1,938, showed its patriotism and passion for rodeo.

Vale, not far from the Idaho border, hosted a four-day rodeo during which, among other things, a new queen was crowned, children held back wild sheep and every evening the rodeo elite made their grand entrance around the arena with flags.

The Vale Chamber of Commerce, meanwhile, hosted Oregon Trail Days in a city park next to the rodeo arena, where people could watch a dog show, admire polished cars and other vehicles, and devour burgers, popcorn and more.

The celebrations continued despite temperatures of over 38 degrees.

A rider holds on as his horse bucks at the Vale 4th of July Rodeo on July 5, 2024. (LAURA TESLER/Special to Enterprise)
A rider holds on as his horse bucks at the Vale 4th of July Rodeo on July 5, 2024. (LAURA TESLER/Special to Enterprise)
A rider is thrown off during the Vale 4th of July Rodeo on July 5, 2024. (LAURA TESLER/Special to the Enterprise)
A hopeful holds on to a bucking horse during his brief ride during the Vale 4th of July Rodeo on July 4, 2024. (LAURA TESLER/Special to Enterprise)
Locals gathered for the Lions Club breakfast at Wadleigh Park in Vale on Thursday, July 4, 2024. (LAURA TESLER/Special to the Enterprise)
Cami Cullen (right), Vale 4th of July Rodeo Queen, poses for photos during the Lions Club breakfast on Thursday, July 4, 2024. (LAURA TESLER/Special to the Enterprise)
Numerous vehicles rolled through Vale to entertain spectators during the Independence Day parade on July 4, 2024 in Vale. (LAURA TESLER/Special to Enterprise)
Numerous vehicles rolled through Vale to entertain spectators during the Independence Day parade on July 4, 2024 in Vale. (LAURA TESLER/Special to Enterprise)
Patriotic fans prepare for Vale’s Independence Day parade on July 4, 2024. (LAURA TESLER/Special to Enterprise)
A competitor in the Vale 4th of July Rodeo competition waves to the crowd during the Vale 4th of July Rodeo on Thursday, July 4, 2024. (LAURA TESLER/Special to the Enterprise)
A rodeo competitor gets his saddle prepared at the Vale 4th of July Rodeo on Thursday, July 4, 2024. (LAURA TESLER/Special to the Enterprise)
A competitor attempts to stay on a bull at the Vale 4th of July Rodeo on July 4, 2024. (LAURA TESLER/Special to the Enterprise)
A hopeful contestant is thrown from his horse in the Saddle Bronc event on Thursday, July 4, 2024, during the Vale 4th of July Rodeo. (LAURA TESLER/Special to Enterprise)
A young man holds on tight at the Vale 4th of July Rodeo on Thursday, July 4, 2024. The annual event, in its 109th year, began on Wednesday, July 3. (LAURA TESLER/Special to Enterprise)
The youths get ready for action at the Vale 4th of July Rodeo on Thursday, July 4, 2024. (LAURA TESLER/Special to the Enterprise)

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Laura Tesler has lived in Salem, Oregon for 20 years and is originally from Flint, MI. Laura has been an underwater photographer and avid diver for 15 years. On land, she has been photographing since she was 12 and currently works on assignment for the Salem Reporter. She also purchases land full-time for fish and wildlife habitat in the Willamette Valley. Laura attended Oregon State University and has traveled extensively throughout the world and the United States.

By Aurora