Fair theme also chosen at the fair board volunteer potluck on April 18Grand Marshal Larry Carlon

The Harney County Fair Board announced on Sunday that long-time Harney County resident Larry Carlon will be honored as the 2010 Fair Grand Marshal.

Carlon’s selection was announced at the fair board volunteer potluck.  The following biography was included in his appointment announcement:

He was born at Paisley in Lake County on Dec. 12, 1934, to Austa and Homer Carlon, joining sisters, Doris and Betty. The family spent winters at Summer Lake in Lake County, and summers at Wagontire in Harney County. In 1942, they purchased the Davey Jones Ranch at Silver Creek and became full-time Harney County residents.

Carlon attended grade school at Summer Lake, Burns and Suntex, and high school in Burns, followed by a year at Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls.

In his late teens, Carlon started riding saddle bronc horses at the amateur level, and in 1955, he joined the Professional Rodeo Cowboy’s Association. After marrying and starting a family, he stopped riding, but often entered team roping events, mostly at the local level. He has always been a willing advisor to aspiring young bronc riders, as well as to young people wanting to improve their roping skills.

In 1956, Carlon and Wanda Morgan were married. They have three sons — Bill, Mike and Terry — and three grandchildren — Courtney, Beau and Brandi. In the late 1950s and the1960s they ranched at Little Valley, then at Beulah, both in Malheur County. They sold out and moved to Crane in 1971, where Carlon managed the Circle Bar Ranch for Curly Emerson for nine years until it sold in 1980. During those years they purchased the Ted and Mildred Graves Ranch, southeast of Burns, leasing out the feed for a number of years. After the Circle Bar sold, they moved to Denio, where Carlon managed the Alder Creek Ranch for five years. They moved back to their ranch at Burns in 1986.

The Carlons have always supported the Harney County Fair. When their boys started in 4-H, they were living at Beulah in Malheur County but requested and were granted permission for them to participate in the Harney County Fair with their livestock projects, “this was home.” Carlon participated in the Harney County Reined Stockhorse Futurity in its early years.

After Elden Catterson died in 1973, Carlon and Howard Otley were instrumental in establishing the Elden Catterson Memorial Roping. It grew into a large and popular event. In 1989, it was retired and the event was taken over by the fair board to run as the High Desert Team Roping.

In 1977, Carlon was appointed as a Harney County Fair Association member and served through 1980, when he moved to Denio. During those four years he was co-chairman of the rodeo committee. He continued helping with the rodeo for several years.
Congratulations  to Carlon for deservedly being honored as this year’s grand marshal.

In addition to the grand marshal announcement made at the volunteer dinner, participants had the opportunity to vote on the theme for the 2010 Harney County Fair. Out of seven choices, two themes received an equal number of votes. Carlon was asked to make the final choice of the two, and “Homegrown, Handmade and Ranch Fresh,” was officially selected as the theme.


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