Big Celebration One Month Away

One month from today, Bend’s Fourth of July celebration will be in full swing.

This fact was recalled here this morning as committees got down to work, preparing a two-day “show” that is expected to attract people here from all parts of the interior country and even from Western Oregon. Highlights of the celebration will be rodeos, baseball games, various athletic contests, a parade of pets, an outside show of more than 200 people and, to climax the two days of fun, the annual Mirror Pond water pageant.

First group to announce a candidate for queen of the celebration was the Bend club of Lions. Kenneth Cruickshank, in charge of the contest for the clubmen, early in the day announced that Miss Margaret Van Matre, member of the Bend High School graduating class of 1935, will represent the Lions in the queen contest.

Various local civic, service and fraternal groups are being asked to participate in the queen contest, and in addition outside towns will be invited to cooperate. Last year, Lois Maker of Shevlin won the contest and reigned over the impressive water pageant, viewed by more than 14,000 people, as Queen Lois I. All entrants will be princesses of this year’s celebration.

Plans for the rodeo are well under way, Art Seale, of Mollala fame, has announced. Seale is to be arena director, with Fred Van Matre manager of the rodeo and J.D. Donavan chairman of the committee in charge. Seale plans to bring to Bend the meanest horses that can be found on the Central Oregon plateau. He also has the promise of the “ZX” riders of the Chewancan valley that they will be here in force.

Source: Bend Bulletin ©1935

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