Climaxed by a river pageant ever more picturesque than that of 1934, Bend is to sponsor another all-Oregon Fourth of July celebration this year. M.P. Cashman was named general chairman of the event at a committee meeting. Various committee chairmen are to be announced in the near future.
This year’s celebration is to be a two-day affair on July 3 and 4, preceded on the night of July 2 by a prize fight and dances.
One of the highlights this year will be a two-day rodeo, with prizes to be offered that will attract to Bend leading riders and rangemen of eastern Oregon. Other features of the celebration will include a frontier parade, in which Indians, cowboys and cowgirls will take part; a parade of pets for the special benefit of children, ball games and dances.
The Mirror Pond river pageant, a water feature that has already attracted statewide attention, will be held on the river while fireworks blaze in the sky over Bend. Last year’s water pageant attracted to Bend the greatest crowd ever to witness a spectacle in the eastern part of the state, the Pendleton Roundup alone excepted. It was estimated that around 14,000 people watched the majestic floats as they moved slowly down the picturesque Mirror Pond last July.
Members of the committee are confident they can put on a “show” this July that will be even better than that of last year.
Source: Bend Bulletin