The Happy Canyon Night Show of the Pendleton Round-Up has been entertaining audiences of all ages since 1916. In 2013, the Oregon Legislature declared Happy Canyon the state’s official outdoor pageant and wild west show. Happy Canyon celebrated its 105th anniversary last year in 2021.
The Happy Canyon Pageant is a show depicting the settling of the American West, beginning with a portrayal of the Native American way of life prior to the arrival of the white man, continuing with the arrival of Lewis and Clark, followed by the prairie schooners of the pioneers of the Oregon Trail and concluding with a reenactment of a frontier town's rollicking main street mishaps.
The colorful pageant takes you into the past to relive the experiences of our forefathers. The show begins with the portrayal of the early American Indian culture. Emigrants, seeking a new life, come to the frontier and soon the two cultures clash. Fighting breaks out, then peace comes and the scene changes to that of a wild frontier town. The show ends with a patriotic flourish that is unique and not seen anywhere else. Don't miss the retelling of the story of the "Old West" in a way that you will not soon forget!