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On the Road: Rodeo, suicide race among Omak Stampede highlights

Suicide Race will take place each day of the Omak Stampede taking place this year from Aug. 11-14.
Suicide Race will take place each day of the Omak Stampede taking place this year from Aug. 11-14. Staff file, 1998

Omak Stampede

What: The 83rd annual stampede is a mix of Western entertainment, Native American events, art shows, carnival and dances.

When: Aug. 11-14.

Where: Omak

The stampede: The rodeo will take place at 7 p.m. the first three nights and at 2 p.m. Aug. 14. It will feature some of the top cowboys and cowgirls in the sport.

Suicide race: This just might be the most unusual event at the stampede. Started in 1935, competitors ride their horse 50 feet to the edge of a sandy bluff. They plunge 225 feet down the bluff to the Okanogan River, swim or wade across and race 500 yards to the finish line in the stampede arena. The race will take place each day of the stampede.

Outside the arena: Among the highlights will be the grand parade, taking place in downtown Omak at 11 a.m. Aug. 14. The western and native art show will take place all four days at the Courtyard Downtown. The Colville Confederated Tribes will hold the annual encampment and powwow on the stampede grounds.

Tickets: Rodeo performance tickets can be ordered by calling 800-933-6625 or 509-826-1002, or by sending an email to rodeoticketlady@ncidata.com.

Information: omakstampede.org.

Jeffrey P. Mayor, jmayor@thenewstribune.com

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