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2011 Pendleton Round-Up

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PENDLETON, Ore.- The Pendleton Round-Up is gearing up for another great year of rodeo excitement.

"It's like coming home," that's how photographer Jim Forney describes this event. He's been recording the action here with his camera for years.

But he also enjoys the event for another reason, "love the people here, the volunteers, I know all the guys down below and behind the shoot. I stand on the platform down there during the rodeo, just the whole thing," explains Forney.

Although things formally kick off Wednesday, with everything in place, some events like calf roping  begin early.

"You can see the dust, the dirt, the horses and the sweat and the tears. I love it," says  rodeo watcher, Marjorie Kamala.

And that drama is what brings her back every year, "you can see the life of the cowboy, you can see the life of the rodeo and it evolved from the farmers and everybody from the west, and this is when you can see it today."

The events here at the round-up run until Saturday the 17th.