Alyssa Sutton

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Elizabeth Herbes is no stranger to the Pendleton Round-Up, but this year is her first time wearing a crown.

Herbes, 19, of Union, is joining four other young women as a princess on the 2018 Pendleton Round-Up Court.

“I’ve grown up with Round-Up,” Herbes said. “I’ve been around the rodeo as long as I can remember.”

Herbes, a sophomore at Eastern Oregon University and a graduate of Union High School, started riding in the rodeo scene when she was six years old, carrying pennants and ushering. She has participated in the Happy Canyon Beauty Pageant and has volunteered with the Veterans of Foreign Wars Cowboy Breakfast.

Her family is an active part of the rodeo as well. Her father, Mike Herbes, has been a Happy Canyon Volunteer of the Year, and her sister, Mary Kate, was a 2013 Round-Up princess.

“Once she was on (the court), I knew that I wanted to do it too,” Herbes said. “I want to represent the rodeo and spread my love for it. (Round-Up) is the rodeo that made me like going to rodeos.”

Herbes said that trying out for a position on the Round-Up court can be a little intimidating.

“It’s such a well known rodeo,” she said.

See complete story in Monday's Observer