HORSE, STOCK COMPETITIONS LAUNCH START OF EOLS

June 04, 2001 11:00 pm

By The Observer

UNION The 94th Eastern Oregon Livestock Show is under way, already drawing contestants from across the region and promising some of the best PRCA rodeo cowboys this weekend.

The week-long show in Union kicked off Monday with the 4-H horse show, which continues today.

Livestock from Central and Eastern Oregon will begin arriving Wednesday, when cattle, sheep, pigs, goats and other small stock will be weighed in and assigned stalls, many in the brand-new Earl Marshall memorial barn.

The stock showing, FFA and 4-H takes place Thursday and Friday.

The 4-H and FFA shows are free, so everyone is welcome at the show grounds.

One of three candidates Dena Hansen, Josi Kelly or Shonda Titus will be crowned queen of this years show Thursday evening, starting off an evening of dancing at the EOLS Clubhouse between 9 p.m. and 12 a.m.

Friday will be a busy day for all those involved in the livestock show. Dedication of the new Earl Marshall barn takes place at 12:30 p.m.

In addition to the ongoing stock show, the PRCA rodeo opens at 4 p.m. Friday. Organizers already have one of the largest entries ever in bull riding, and other events are filling fast.

Around the rodeo grounds, the ponies will again be running in pari-mutuel races, with post time Friday at 4:15 p.m., and at 1:45 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

But before the rodeo, find a sunny place along the sidewalk in downtown Union and watch the EOLS parade, set to begin at 2 p.m. Friday.

And stay late to enjoy the stock shows carnival, presented by the Carnival Company Thursday and Friday afternoons and evenings.

Music again rocks the EOLS Clubhouse Friday and Saturday evenings, but for adults only those nights, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

To find the show grounds in Union, turn east on Delta Street off of Main Street and follow to the show grounds.

Parking is available along neighboring streets. Union residents ask that visitors to the show have a good time and pay attention to no parking areas and keep driveways clear.