Story and photo gallery: Wallowa July 4 Parade 2017 marches past

Kathleen Ellyn

Wallowa County Chieftain

Published on July 11, 2017 3:39PM

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Grand Marshal Phyllis McCrae Conner enjoys the honor and the ride in Brian Makin’s new Corvette during the 2017 Wallowa 4th of July Parade.

Kathleen Ellyn/Chieftain Grand Marshal Phyllis McCrae Conner enjoys the honor and the ride in Brian Makin’s new Corvette during the 2017 Wallowa 4th of July Parade.

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Big, sweet Annabelle the mule meets children at the Wallowa City 4th of July Parade. Darcy Nenow of Estacada rode her sister Darla Klages’ mule Annabelle in the Search and Rescue entry at the 2017 Wallowa City 4th of July Parade. The SAR entry took second place in the adult division.

Kathleen Ellyn/Chieftain Big, sweet Annabelle the mule meets children at the Wallowa City 4th of July Parade. Darcy Nenow of Estacada rode her sister Darla Klages’ mule Annabelle in the Search and Rescue entry at the 2017 Wallowa City 4th of July Parade. The SAR entry took second place in the adult division.

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“All American Girl” McKenna Wenke and “Mr. Red, White & Blue” Josia Surber were separate entries with similar ideas at the 2017 Wallowa City 4th of July Parade.

Kathleen Ellyn/Chieftain “All American Girl” McKenna Wenke and “Mr. Red, White & Blue” Josia Surber were separate entries with similar ideas at the 2017 Wallowa City 4th of July Parade.

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Kathleen Ellyn/ChieftainThe Mid Valley Theatre float features Ingrid Cook as Betsy Ross, Stuart Vencill as Uncle Sam, Bryce Leggett (behind flag) as Paul Bunyan; Andi Martin as Lady Liberty and Ame Leggett as Rosie the Riveter in the Wallowa City 2017 4th of July Parade.

Kathleen Ellyn/ChieftainThe Mid Valley Theatre float features Ingrid Cook as Betsy Ross, Stuart Vencill as Uncle Sam, Bryce Leggett (behind flag) as Paul Bunyan; Andi Martin as Lady Liberty and Ame Leggett as Rosie the Riveter in the Wallowa City 2017 4th of July Parade.

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Community Bank’s Most Patriotic Award went to Bill and Teresa Henke’s 1956 Ford F-100 custom cab. The Henke’s drove this rig on their honeymoon many years ago and drove it on 4th of July in the Wallowa 2017 parade.

Kathleen Ellyn/Chieftain Community Bank’s Most Patriotic Award went to Bill and Teresa Henke’s 1956 Ford F-100 custom cab. The Henke’s drove this rig on their honeymoon many years ago and drove it on 4th of July in the Wallowa 2017 parade.

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Terry and Ruth Mishler and dog Skeli in their 2007 Harley Davidson RoadKing with side car were part of the huge Riverman Family Wallowa River RV Park entry at the 2017 Wallowa 4th of July Parade. Wallowa River RV regularly wins the “most patriotic” award but this year they took the Big One: The $200 City Choice Award.

Kathleen Ellyn/Chieftain Terry and Ruth Mishler and dog Skeli in their 2007 Harley Davidson RoadKing with side car were part of the huge Riverman Family Wallowa River RV Park entry at the 2017 Wallowa 4th of July Parade. Wallowa River RV regularly wins the “most patriotic” award but this year they took the Big One: The $200 City Choice Award.

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Aspen Cameron, 7, with her white calf Daisy took second place in the Children’s Division at the 2017 Wallowa 4th of July Parade.

Kathleen Ellyn/Chieftain Aspen Cameron, 7, with her white calf Daisy took second place in the Children’s Division at the 2017 Wallowa 4th of July Parade.

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Kathleen Ellyn/ChieftainTwo of the dogs in the Wallowa County Humane Society entry show off their patriotism at the 2017 Wallowa City 4th of July Parade.

Kathleen Ellyn/ChieftainTwo of the dogs in the Wallowa County Humane Society entry show off their patriotism at the 2017 Wallowa City 4th of July Parade.

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Crowds lined Main Street from the school to the Food City block in Wallowa for the Independence Day parade.

“This is the place to come for the Forth of July –– small town America,” said visiting Laurie Youngs of Hillsboro.

“This is America,” agreed Mark Youngs. “We’re enjoying Wallowa Lake, and this parade has been a family tradition for four years.”

Out-of-town extended families attended in abundance this year and enjoyed the more than 40 entries and a couple surprises.

The Riverman Family Wallowa River RV Park, which has won “Most Patriotic” several times, won the top prize this year, the $200 “City Choice Award.”

Teresa and Bill Henke left the mules home and came out in their historic “honeymoon-mobile,” a 1956 Ford F100 custom cab, and went home with the “Most Patriotic Award.”

Several of this year’s entries stood out, from Humane Society dogs in costume to Brynn and Avery Johnson on their pony “Trooper” to the “am I seeing double?” entry of John Lishco’s 1967 and 1968 Mustangs. Don Turner drove the ’68.

Other winners were the big contingent of bikers, sponsored by Outlaw Sports, who were “Cruising for Santa and Toys for Tots” and took first place in the adult division; Wallowa County Search and Rescue with several guest horseback riders took second; and the Wallowa County 4-H Court with Casidee Harrod, Brianna Micka and Rylee Wilcox and Valley Meat Service in a 1960 Jeep Willys tying for third.

Basey Dawson won first in the children’s division for her original sidesaddle entry; Aspen Cameron led her patriotically decorated pure white calf Daisy for second; and Debbie Lind brought her superhero grandsons, Finn, Hudson and Reed, for third.

More than 380 hamburgers were grilled for the Wallowa Volunteer Fire Department Fundraiser along with hundreds of hot dogs. The total take for the event is being calculated.















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