July Brings Bikes, Horses, Balloons and More to Bend 2

Central Oregon Builders 
Association Tour of Homes

July 15 – 17 and July 22 – 24
The Central Oregon Builders Association Tour of Homes showcases the best in building. Homes completed in the last 24 months are judged based on categories such as Best Interior Finish, Best Features, Best Landscaping, Best Master Bath, Best Kitchen, Best Value, and Best In Show. The event gives home buyers an opportunity to preview homes and builders a chance to spotlight features.

High Cascade 100

July 16
The High Cascade 100 mountain bike race is a National Ultra Endurance Series event. The 100-mile race features 8-14 hours of Central Oregon trail riding, followed by a well-deserved party. This challenging event has an 85% finisher rate.

Oregon High Desert Classics

Classics I: July 19 – 24, Classics II: July 27-31
The High Desert Classics is a series of premier AA hunter/jumper competitions, attracting top riders from all over the Western United States and Canada. Proceeds of the Oregon High Desert Classics support five youth serving agencies parented by J Bar J Youth Services. The event takes place on the 40-acre J Bar J Boys Ranch in Bend.

Cascade Cycling Classic

July 20 – 24
The 37th annual Cascade Cycling Classic is the longest consecutively-run elite stage race in the country, attracting most of North America’s top professional male and female cyclists and teams. Riders compete in four stage races and a criterium in Downtown Bend. This USA Cycling-sanctioned race is considered perfect training for the Tour of Utah.

Balloons Over Bend

July 22 – 24
Balloons Over Bend features three sunrise balloon launches from R. E. Jewell Elementary in Bend, and a Nightglow Friday Evening at Farewell Bend Park. The family-friendly event includes The Children’s Festival on Saturday, July 23. This beautiful weekend benefits Saving Grace, which provides comprehensive family violence and sexual assault services and promotes the value of living life free from violence.

Oregon Lacrosse Classic

July 21 – 24
The third annual Oregon Lacrosse Classic offers eight competitive divisions (including a girls division), position clinics, coaching demonstrations, and a players-only “fun zone.” This unique event is sponsored by Rhino Lacrosse and takes place at four locations: Bend’s Big Sky Park – Luke Damon Sports Complex, Fraley Ranch Polo Fields, Buckingham Elementary and Pine Nursery.