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home : arts & entertainment : arts & entertainment November 19, 2018

2/20/2018 2:41:00 PM
Singing contest for Sisters Rodeo

Sisters Rodeo is having a contest for residents of Central Oregon who would like to sing the National Anthem at a rodeo performance this year.

Peggy Tehan, who has been singing the anthem for 27 years, is retiring except for Wednesday night at the Xtreme Bulls performance. She will chair the judging committee for the contest.

Any Central Oregon resident can enter the contest. The person must send a visual recording of singing the anthem to info@sisters by April 15. These recordings can be from cell phones or other devices or can be mailed to Sisters Rodeo Song Contest, P.O. Box 1018, Sisters, OR, 97759. Discs will not be returned after the contest.

There may be four different singers for the four rodeo performances from June 8-10. A youth will perform on Sunday, which is now Family Day at the rodeo.

Singers must be able to commit to a live contest performance at a date to be determined by the contest judges and Sisters Rodeo. They must also be able to commit to a sound check and orientation on Friday, June 8, during the day.

Appropriate rodeo attire is required. Performance on a horse is optional, with a horse conditioned to handle large crowds, confusion and noise. This also will require the performer to make any arrangements for transporting a horse and removing it from the grounds after the National Anthem is sung. The youth performer on Sunday must have an adult chaperone.

The contest also requires a firm commitment from each singer to be available for the performance for which that singer is assigned.

The contest entry must include name, address and telephone number, age and a brief description of experience. The singer will be performing for a crowd of over 6,000 people, so he or she must be comfortable with large crowds.

"It is hard to not get emotional in the arena after the Grand Entry and the flag have set the stage for the anthem," said Tehan. "That's what brings a sense of community and the patriotism we all feel, especially when people in the stands sing along.

"I am excited for other people to have the opportunity to share that experience. I have felt so honored every year in which I have had that special moment," she concluded.

Sisters Rodeo will begin June 6 with Xtreme Bulls, followed by four rodeo performances June 8-10. For tickets and information, call the ticket hotline at 541-549-0121 or 1-800-827-7522, or visit the ticket office at 220 W. Cascade Ave. in Sisters. For information visit

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