Vale businesses may take major financial hit with no rodeo

Sagebrush Saloon & BBQ LLC owner Kat Hill explains the importance of the Vale 4th of July Rodeo to her business last week. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell).

VALE – The rodeo grounds in Vale will be a quiet place this summer.

Last week, the iconic 106-year-old Vale 4th of July Rodeo was canceled because of the COVID-19 virus outbreak.

Rodeo President Kurt Haueter announced the move May 20.

“It was a decision we didn’t want to make. I kind of feel like it was a decision that was not ours to make and it was kind of made for us,” said Haueter last week.

Haueter’s announcement capped a week and a half of key cancellations around the county. Two weeks ago, the Malheur County Fair was canceled. Earlier last . . .