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Life before video games: Library plays the pioneer way Saturdays

The Dalles-Wasco County Public Library will help celebrate Fort Dalles Days Saturday, July 13, and Saturday, July 20.

Play games that were played back in pioneer days when wagon trains traveled west, on the library deck from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. On both days there will be pioneer games on the deck from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Bring a camera and dress up in bonnets or coonskin caps to have your photo taken.

On July 20 at 2 p.m. join Fort Dalles Riders’ historian Linda Miller Wilson, as she presents photos and stories about Blanche McGaughey Sammis, a long-time Wasco County resident.

In her early life Sammis was a lady bronc rider, bulldogger and steer roper, touring with the 101 Wild West Show. She rode in the Pendleton Roundup from 1912 to 1915 and won the cowgirl’s bucking contest in 1912.

She also took first place in the women’s bucking contest at the first Calgary Stampede and was the first woman to bulldog a steer at Madison Square Garden.

She opened the door for women to participate in the sport of rodeo today.

This program is for more appropriate for adults, as the language will be PG. Contact the Library at 541-296-2815 for more information.

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