Fight over rodeo outfit headed to top Oregon court

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) A fight over an 83-year-old costume from Oregon's biggest rodeo is headed to the state Supreme Court.

The fringed leather skirt and vest was worn by Pendleton Round-Up rodeo queen Lois McIntyre in 1930. She died in 1964.

Her family agreed to display the costume in the Pendleton Round-Up Hall of Fame. But in 2000, her family discovered the outfit was missing and in the possession of another former rodeo queen who refused to give it up.

The Oregonian reports the outfit is believed to be worth $25,000. The Oregon Supreme Court will hear the case in September.

The century-old Pendleton Round-Up draws an estimated 50,000 people to a town of about 17,000. It runs for four days in September and ends more than a week of celebrating and related events such as parades, a concert and professional bull riding.