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BAKER CITY — The 50th East-West Shrine Game begins at 7 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

Six local players will be taking part in the game: Brody Turner of Powder Valley High School, Shae Prince of Union, Kyle Crawford of Enterprise, Eric Johnson of Imbler, Joel Lewis of Joseph and Joseph Waite of La Grande. All will play for the East squad.

The game was organized in 1952 by a group of Shriners in Umatilla County. The Shriners wanted 3A, 2A and 1A-level players for the game in Pendleton.

The game was played at Round-up Arena for the first 20 years. The 1969 game was canceled because of financial difficulty and NCAA sanctions.

Four Pendleton ranchers guaranteed to underwrite the renewal of the game.

In 1973, the game was moved to Baker City. In 1981, the game became the top contributor to the Shriners Children's Hospital in Portland.

Since 1981, the game has produced about $75,000 annually and almost $12 million during its 49-year history.

Pageantry begins at 6 p.m., with the kickoff an hour later.

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