CANYONVILLE — Carlie Dossman, 16, of Days Creek enjoyed riding the mechanical bull at Pioneer Park in Canyonville on Saturday, even though it was a challenge to stay on.

“It was fun. It was a real leg workout,” she said.

The bull ride was a part of the fun Saturday, on the last day of the Pioneer Days festival. During the three-day event, participants were able to enjoy a wide range of activities, from live music to eating fry bread and tamales to enjoying the annual parade.

Dossman has been attending Pioneer Days since she was a little girl. She thought the event was a bit smaller this year, but she still enjoyed it. The parade was well attended, and her favorite event was the mattress racing. Her team from Days Creek took first place over the girls from South Umpqua High School.

She thought it would probably be scary to be the girl on the mattress during the race, but she was one of the contestants who did the pushing.

“It was just nice to win,” she said.

County Commissioner Chris Boice encouraged his daughter as she tried to stay on the mechanical bull Saturday, but Emma, 10, found the ride pretty tough.

“It bucks you off,” she said.

Boice said Pioneer Days is always a great event.

“They do a good job,” he said.

Kandyce Doolittle, 13, of Myrtle Creek found the mechanical bull ride difficult, too, but managed to stay on.

“I kept sliding around,” she said.

Still it was fun.

Her mother Kendrae Doolittle said the family comes to Pioneer Days every year.

“It’s like a family tradition,” she said.

John and Sue Hatfield live east of Roseburg, but they drove down to join in the fun.

John Hatfield said the last time he’d come was 40 years before, when he was in the parade with pack horses. They were part of a campaign for Doris Wadsworth, who was running for Douglas County Clerk at the time, he said.

This time, he enjoyed the parade as a bystander, and noticed a lot of sweets were tossed to the crowd.

“There was so much candy the kids quit picking it up,” he said.

Sue Hatfield said the weather, a pleasant mid-70s around lunchtime, was great.

“They picked the perfect day for this,” she said.

Mary Upthagrove of Roseburg square danced on one of the parade floats Saturday.

“It’s fun,” she said. “You just have to keep your balance.”

Upthagrove said her club, the Buckaroos, hopes the publicity will help recruit new people who want to learn square dancing.

Diana Smith is a daughter of pioneers. She lived in Portland for 50 years before returning home recently to be close to her mother Mabel Smith of Days Creek.

She said she came to Pioneer Days to see what old friends and relatives she might run into. She also enjoyed the pie auction and the music. She thinks festivals like this one are a good thing.

“I think it’s important because it brings people together. We need friendship and love in our community,” she said.

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Carisa Cegavske is the senior reporter for The News-Review. She can be reached at or 541-957-4213. Follow her on Twitter @carisa_cegavske

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