Try This: Horseplay on tap for 3-day weekend

By Ashley Swanson, Columbian Features News Coordinator



Now in its 41st year, the Vancouver Rodeo will feature bronc riding, team roping, steer wrestling, calf roping, bareback riding, breakaway roping, barrel racing and bull riding with more than 470 cowboys competing. Next year’s Rodeo Queen will be crowned on July 4. Children will participate in mutton busting — trying to stay on a sheep for as long as possible. Pony rides will be available before the rodeo, and a dance follows each day’s events.

When: 7 p.m. tonight and Sunday, 1 p.m. Monday.

Where: Clark County Saddle Club, 10505 N.E. 117th Ave., Vancouver.

Admission: $10, $15 reserved seating, $25 box seats, $6 for children ages 7-13, military, seniors.

Telephone: 360-896-6654.

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The rodeo is one of several events taking place this weekend. Others include an art exhibit and a fireworks celebration.

2. Crowns, mattresses and laughs

Love Street Playhouse presents “The Princess and the Pea,” about the king and queen in search of the perfect match for their son, with a plethora of princesses vying for their son’s affection. Add a stack of mattresses, switched identities and a late-night visitor for a competitive fairy tale dating game.

When: 2 and 5 p.m. today.

Where: Loves Street Playhouse, 126 Loves Ave., Woodland.

Admission: $8.

Telephone: 360-263-6670.

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3. Tiny art, big impact

Gallery 360 presents “Small Works.” The exhibition features pieces fitting small, specific dimensions created by 23 local and national artists. California artist Rachel Wright’s sculpture “Pitter Patter 2” is made from crocheted copper wire, standing only 2½ inches tall. Also on display, “BGHS AP Drawing & Painting” will feature work by Battle Ground High School Advanced Placement drawing and painting student artists. Both exhibitions run through July 30.

Hours: Noon to 5 p.m. today.

Where: 111 W. Ninth St., Vancouver.

Telephone: 360-693-7340.

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4. Independence Day with a bang

Celebrate Independence Day at Fort Vancouver with historic re-enactments, concerts on the main stage, children gunny-sack races, and the Kids’ Patriotic Parade. Cheer on local singers at Sing 4th, a teen vocal competition. The fireworks show will begin at 10:05 p.m.

When: Noon to 10:30 p.m. Monday.

Where: Fort Vancouver, 1001 E. Fifth St., Vancouver.

Admission: $5-$7, free for children younger than 13; prime viewing seats $25-$50, includes picnic dinner.

Telephone: 360-992-1808.

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5. ‘Transformers 3’ jumps off the screen

Shia LaBeouf returns as Sam Witwicky, fresh out of college and struggling to find a job after his escapades as the human ally of Optimus Prime. Then an unearthed secret of the space race between the Soviet Union and the U.S. pushes the war between the Autobots and the Decepticons into an explosive confrontation, with the fate of the Earth and the human race at stake. “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” is rated PG-13.

When: Showtimes vary.

Where: Battle Ground Cinema, 1700 S.W. Ninth Ave., Battle Ground; Cinetopia, 11700 S.E. Seventh St., Vancouver; various Clark County Regal Cinemas locations.

Admission: Varies by theater.

Telephone: Battle Ground Cinema, 360-666-7200; Cinetopia, 360-213-2800; Regal Cinemas, 800-326-3264.

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