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Dazzling queens, gritty riders: Rodeo stokes Vale’s patriotic spirit

A young rider grips tight as she starts her mutton bustin' run at the Vale Fourth of July Rodeo on Saturday. (Malheur Enterprise / Max Egener)

VALE – The 104th Vale Fourth of July Rodeo was nothing short of spectacular.

The four-night event kicked off with the Fourth of July parade through Vale on Wednesday and culminated Saturday with the Vale Rodeo queen coronation.

There was plenty of family entertainment in the nights between as well.

“It went really good,” said Jim Mendiola, rodeo president. “We had four decent nights of weather, which is always important.” 

“There was a good turnout and nobody got super banged up,” said Mendiola. “No major injuries - at least nothing a few stitches wouldn’t fix.”

He estimated the crowd over the course of the four nights was between 7 . . .