Contest Powwow set for Aug. 20-22
By Dean Rhodes
Special to The Sun
The annual Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Contest Powwow, one of the largest held in the Pacific Northwest, will be held Friday through Sunday, Aug. 20-22, at Uyxat Powwow Grounds next to Fort Yamhill State Park off Highway 22.
Host drums will feature Blacklodge of White Swan, Wash., Eagle Whistle of Fort Berthold, N.D., and Meswaki Nation of Tama, Iowa.
Registration begins at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 20, with the first Grand Entry and Royalty coronation set for 7 p.m.
On Saturday, Aug. 21, a parade will start festivities at 10 a.m. and be followed by Grand Entry at 1 p.m., dancer registration deadline at 2 p.m. and another Grand Entry at 7 p.m.
On Sunday, Aug. 22, the final Grand Entry will be held at 1 p.m.
Prizes range from $1,000 for first place to $25 for fifth place. Specials will include $800 first-place prizes for Women’s Jingle and Men’s Grass dances.
Free camping is available at Uyxat Powwow Grounds and parking will cost a $1 or a canned food donation. Day Pay is guaranteed for the first 20 drums to attend.
No pets are permitted in the powwow arena and a shuttle will be available from Spirit Mountain Casino to the powwow grounds.
The public, all dancers and drummers are invited to attend.
Dean Rhodes is editor of Smoke Signals, a publication of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, where this article first appeared.