Learn About Our Grant County


Prairie City Fiber Fest

Ginger Shive, a longtime fiber enthusiast had the vision to bring a fest to Prairie City. Her many years of experience traveling to shows, tending sheep, dying wool and weaving will guarantee an exciting weekend. Ginger has gathered together a dedicated group of women who promise a fest well worth attending. They have compiled a list of vendors from years of attending fiber shows throughout the northwest and will be inviting each one to join her event. The event takes place annually during the 4th weekend in July. Vendors from all accross the state and nation will be there to present their materials. Don't miss out on this opportunity to learn to weave and make awesome fleece at the Prairie City Fiber Fest. This event takes place in Prairie City, Oregon City Hall and is only a 15 minute drive from the hotel.

Grant County Fair & Rodeo

Visit the annual Deschutes County Fair and Rodeo, always the highlight of Grant County in the summer! Experience all the Jam-Packed Fun of the local county fair in the state of Oregon, attracting over 5,000 folks each year. The fair happens every year during the first week of August. Events at the fair include Bareback Bronc Riding, Bull Riding, Calf Roping, Cowgirl's Barrel Racing, Cowgirl's Breakaway Roping, Novice Bareback Bronc Riding, Novice Bull Riding, Novice Saddle Bronc Riding, Steer Wrestling, Team Roping. Highlights at this old-fashioned county fair include 4-H, agriculture, home arts and livestock exhibits, and an NPRA-sanctioned rodeo. The grounds and expo center is only a 3 minute walk from the hotel.

BMW Joseph Rally

BMW Joseph Rally Compititions happens every year in the Grant County Fairgrounds. This event takes place either late June or early July and draws around 500 BMW riders to the local area. Join us at the Grant County Fairgrounds, nestled in the scenic Strawberry Mountains, John Day Oregon, for a weekend of terrific riding, seminars, food and fellowship. This historic city is located at the Junction of Hwys 395 and 26. Enjoy the West’s best riding; gold and cattle country, refreshing mountain passes, painted hills, river canyons, and wide open desert. All this in one day’s riding! The event includes dozens of showcases and vendors to talk about the future of riding. The fair grounds is only a 3 minute walk from the hotel.

Whiskey Gulch Gang Demolition Derby

The annual demolition derby takes place in the Grant County Fairgrounds. Grand prize is $2,000, second $1,000, third $500 and each heat winner wins $250 with trophies for each also $250 for most aggressive driver and other great prizes. There will be a pickup SUV heat also if we have enough entries. Entry is $50 for driver and one pit crew member, each addition pit crew is $30 each. The fair grounds is only a 3 minute walk from the hotel.

Blue Mountain Land Trust Events

The Blue Mountain Land Trust collaborates with communities and landowners to conserve the scenic, natural, and working lands that characterize the Blue Mountain region. Throughout the year the Blue Mountain Land Trust hosts events such as CHINESE MINING HISTORY TOUR, or DESIGNING BEE FRIENDLY GARDENS. Check out their website at www.bmlt.org to get more information on upcoming events. Event happens all throughout the year and the meetup spot is usually in the Madden Center Arena which is only a 3 minute walk from the hotel.

Farmers Market

The John Day Farmers’ Market improves the quality of life in our area by providing a place for people to gather, whether to buy and sell locally-grown produce and hand-crafted items or to share information and entertain. The John Day Farmers’ Market is located on SW Brent Street (at Main Street) between the banks across from The Outpost Restaurant. They are open every Saturday morning from 9 a.m. until noon, starting on the 3rd Saturday of June. They conclude our season on the 3rd Saturday in October with a huge Harvest Festival Celebration. The farmers market is only a 3 minute walk from the hotel.

62 Day Celebration - Gold Rush

The 62 Day Celebrations is the celebration for Canyon City's Gold Rush back in 1862. This event includes a 5k as well as activities for the entire family. The course is gentle with one short climb of about .2 mile, followed by a equal descent. It is a loop that takes in the historic district of Canyon City as well as a long residential street, with views of Canyon Mountain, Hog Point, where gold was discovered in 1862, and Whiskey Gulch, the site of an early saloon. It begins and ends at Sel's Brewery, an 1870's brewery that is now an old-time Saloon with all the flavor of those early days. The course is all on paved street, except the climb I mentioned, which is on gravel. This festival takes place in Canyon City Oregon which is only a 5 minute drive from the hotel.

The Old West Scenic Bikeway

It’s called “Old West” for a reason – here’s your chance to pedal like a modern-day cowboy, making your way through rangeland, up and down high passes, beside rushing rivers, under a big sky… and stopping in the occasional town to slake your thirst and get some grub. This two- to three-day route offers a cornucopia of terrain and scenery, from ponderosa-pine forests to rushing rivers, from abundant wildlife to hot springs and fossil beds – and some attention-getting climbs. A vast majority of the route is on minimally used roads. The Scenic Bikeway route starts and ends at Kam Wah Chung State Heritage Site in John Day, a one-of-a-kind, well-preserved museum that preserves the legacy of Chinese who lived here and gives you a glimpse into their life here long ago. Dreamers Lodge Motel is a bike friendly motel and your jouney on the Old West Scenic Bikeway starts here!

Joe Wolter's Horse Clinic

Just as no two horses or people are alike, no two Joe Wolter Clinics are alike. Joe is an innovative teacher, always adjusting to fit the situation and to meet the needs of riders and their horses. Riders of all levels and disciplines are welcome. It doesn’t matter what sort of saddle you ride, or who made it. You can wear a hard hat, a flat hat, or a ball cap. All that really matters is your desire to learn. This event takes place in the fair grounds and is only a 3 minute walk from the hotel.