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Sutherlin Stampede wraps up 25th year with free rodeo

The Sutherlin Stampede became the only free rodeo in southern Oregon in 1997. (SBG photo / Ashley Honea)

SUTHERLIN, Ore. -- It's been 25 years since the Sutherlin Stampede made its debut in southern Oregon.

This year’s event drew thousands of people to the rodeo grounds over the weekend.

The rodeo featured a slew of events for all ages including barrel racing, calf roping and bull riding.

Even royalty made an appearance.

"Rodeo is just such an impressive sport to see people come out and really try their best,” said Miss Sutherlin Stampede Rodeo Queen Bethany Rowe. “I think it's like a sport that really takes a lot of practice and a lot of trial. It's not really something talent is going to give you, so that's why I love it."

The Sutherlin Stampede became the only free rodeo in southern Oregon in 1997.

The event accepts canned food or cash donations for admission, which goes to benefit local food pantries.

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