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McMINNVILLE, Ore. — McMinnville, 1971. When a handful of pioneering farmers bought land on the outskirts of this modest rural town and decided to plant wine grapes, people called them crazy. Wine grapes wouldn’t grow in the Northwest, they said.

Tens of thousands of people from across the country and around the world fill the city each year for Oregon's legendary rodeo and celebration of the American frontier. Cowboys in Stetson hats and Indians wearing colorful regalia march through downtown for festive parades, while contestants inside the stadium rope, ride and race their way to victory.

There’s an urban process for doing things and a rural way for getting things done. And never the twain shall meet.

Spencer Wright of Milford, Utah bursts out of the chutes for an 86.0 point ride on the third day of the Pendleton Round-Up Friday, September 1…

Ryalee Braxling, assistant cooper at Oregon Barrel Works, winces at the hot fire as she toasts a barrel.

Rick DeFarrari, left, master cooper at Oregon Barrel Works, constructs a barrel with his assistant, Ryalee Braxling.