Pendleton Round-Up to hire first paid executive

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PENDLETON, Ore. — The Pendleton Round-Up, now 103 years old, plans to hire its first paid executive.

The rodeo is Oregon's largest. It's organized as a nonprofit and managed by 17 directors, with more than 1,400 community volunteers.

The East Oregonian reported Tuesday that that the Round-Up association plans to hire a full-time, year-round general manager who would also work with the Happy Canyon, the stage show put on in in conjunction with the rodeo.

Round-Up President Tim Hawkins said both organizations have grown more complex, running the professional rodeo events and the Wild West show, as well as hosting two Professional Bull Riding competitions and an outdoor concert.

The general manager will report to an executive committee with members from both boards.