Lecture     Series: History Pub

Happy Canyon — A History of the World’s Most Unique Indian Pageant and Wild West Show

Free and open to the public
Monday, September 24, 2018
7PM – 9PM

  • Free
  • Family-friendly
  • Researchers
  • Teachers

McMenamins Kennedy School
5736 NE 33rd Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97211
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Event Type: LectureAudience(s): Family-friendly, Researchers, TeachersLocation: Portland

For over a century, Happy Canyon, the night show of the Pendleton Round-Up, has brought together families, friends, and strangers to witness a joyous celebration of local Pendleton history. The spirit of the Old West and the beauty of tribal life unfolds like a Western Brigadoon each September.


With a passion to see Happy Canyon’s story told, Becky Fletcher Waggoner will reveal how the show began, the six-generation family participation, and the beauty of the show’s Native American and non-Native American culture from Eastern Oregon, including the key livestock. As the story unfolds, you’ll discover both Happy Canyon’s history and the entertaining stories that have occurred over the years.

About the Speaker:

Becky Waggoner of Pilot Rock, Oregon, is a fourth generation Happy Canyon Show participant and Round-Up volunteer and a fifth generation resident of Umatilla County. Besides cattle ranching and working part-time for Mautz & O'Hanlon, LLP, Becky loves to research history.

Becky began volunteering in the show at the age of three, coming out of the trunk. She has played several roles in the show over the years and now plays the part of the nurse in the Doctor Act. Out of her love of the show and its colorful history, Becky recently authored Happy Canyon: A History of the World's Most Unique Indian Pageant and Wild West Show.

Becky and her husband, Allen, former Happy Canyon Show Director and President, have three children, Kyle, Kaleigh and Riley—all fifth generation Happy Canyon volunteers and actors. On with the show!

Ability Accommodation Information

This event provides the following accommodations:

  • Handicap Accessible

Happy Canyon: A History of the World’s Most Unique Indian Pageant & Wild West Show, by Rebeca Fletcher Waggoner


About History Pub

Join us for beer and history, sponsored by the Oregon Historical Society, Holy Names Heritage Center, and McMenamins, in which you'll hear lively local or regional history while you enjoy a frosty pint or two of handcrafted ale.

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