The race to the finish line to determine the Chief Joseph Days Rodeo Queen for 2018 is in full swing and both candidates anticipate the April 14 crowning ceremony.
Rylee Goller and Deidre Schreiber competed in a public speaking contest Feb. 28 in front of the Rotary Club of Wallowa County. Each contestant spoke about the Justin Sports Medicine Program, which provides comprehensive medical care to rodeo athletes at more than 150 events across the country, including Chief Joseph Days Rodeo.
The judge’s tallies will be used in part to determine who becomes queen.
The annual Glitz and Glam event will be Sunday, March 11, at Joseph Community Center. The event provides a sneak peak at what this year’s ladies and their equine partners will be outfitted in. A variety of vendors across Wallowa County and around the Northwest provide everything from clothing to tack.
The event will be held at the rodeo grounds, 405 West Wallowa Ave., Joseph. The public is invited.
The coronation ceremony begins 6 p.m. with a social hour at Joseph Community Center Saturday, April 14. Dinner follows at 7 p.m. The evening ends with the crowning. Tickets are required.
Chief Joseph Days kicks off with the bucking horse stampede down Main Street in Joseph 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 24.
Several events will require pre-registration.
• The Fourth-Annual Chief Joseph Days Little Buckaroo Rodeo for Special Needs Children and Adults is 9 a.m. Wednesday, July 25, at the Harley Tucker Rodeo Grounds. Events include goat tail untying, stick horse barrel race, bouncy horse race, dummy roping, dummy bull riding and horseback rides for children preschool and older through adults.
• The Chief Joseph Days Junior Parade is 10 a.m. Friday, July 27, through downtown Joseph. More than a hundred youngsters infants to teens don all kinds of costumes to entertain the crowds. The parade begins at the Indian Lodge Motel and heads north down Main Street. The top three places win cash prizes in seven categories, ranging from $5 to $15, while the grand prize entry will win a bicycle donated by Coca Cola Distributing. All the kids in the parade receive a free ice cream cone from R&R Drive-In.
• Chief Joseph Days Grand Parade will be 10 a.m. Saturday, July 28, through downtown Joseph.
• The “Miles for Mammogram Walk” is held 9 a.m. Thursday, July 26, beginning at the rodeo arena.
For details on these events and to obtain registration forms, visit the rodeo office at 401 North Main in Joseph, call 541-432-1015 or send an email to email@example.com.
Rodeo performances are planned each evening Wednesday, July 25, to Saturday, July 28. A complete 2018 schedule is available at goo.gl/MzHqeU.