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August 14, 2012
GRAND RONDE -- The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Community of Oregon will host one of the Pacific Northwest's largest powwows this weekend, when the annual Grand Ronde Contest Powwow returns to the Uyxat Powwow Grounds.
Host drums will be Blacklodge from the Yakama Tribal area and The Boyz, a Midwestern drum. The Royalty pageant and coronations will be held at 5 p.m. Friday and a Grand Entry will occur at 7 p.m. Friday.
On Saturday, activities begin with a parade starting at Fort Yamhill State Park at 11 a.m., followed by Grand Entry at 1 p.m. Dancer registration deadline is at 2 p.m., with another Grand Entry set for 7 p.m.
The final Grand Entry will be held Sunday at 1 p.m.
Prizes to be given out will range from $1,000 for first place to $25 for fifth place depending on the dance category and age of contestants.
Master of ceremonies will be Fred Hill. Head judge will be Sidrick Baker and Freddie Ike Jr. will be the arena director.
Parking is available at the Uyxat Powwow Grounds, 9390 Highway 22 (Hebo Road), for $1 or a donation of a can of food. There will also be a shuttle running from Spirit Mountain Casino to the powwow grounds. There will be free camping available at the powwow grounds.
No pets are allowed inside the powwow arena.
In addition, there will be numerous food and Native American craft vendors in attendance.
The public is welcome to attend the event and witness a celebration of Native American culture in Western Oregon.
For more information: 503-879-1920; www.grandronde.org.