Cars off street for grand parade
The Chief Joseph Days grand parade always packs the sidewalks lining Joseph Main St. with spectators, and this year should be no exception. The big parade, set to get started at 10 a.m. Saturday, will feature some 100 colorful entries. A lone Nez Perce Indian rider always precedes the rest of the parade, representing the first inhabitants of the Wallowa Valley. Honored as grand marshals this year are John and Ida Hillock, long-time communtiy volunteers.
Everyone who parks on Main St. Saturday morning should be aware that when parade time approaches, the vehicles will be towed away if necessary.
Kiddie parade slated Friday
One of the first and favorite events of Chief Joseph Days is always the Junior Parade, which challenges the creativity of kids and parents alike to come up with the best costumes. Sign-up is on the south side of Indian Lodge Motel in Joseph beginning at 9 a.m. with the parade set to go down Main St. at 10 a.m.
The parade is open to all youngsters under the age of 15 in eight categories. No motorized vehicles are allowed unless they can be operated safely by an under -15 entrant.
Cash prizes will be given to the top three entries in each of the categories, courtesty of general contractor Mike Becker and the Joseph Chamber of Commerce, with the grand prize mountain bicycle donated by Coca Cola distributing of La Grande. All participants receive a free rodeo ticket to the Sunday afternoon rodeo finals. Winners will be announced immediately after the parade.
Cowboy service set Sunday
An outdoor service under the auspices of the Fellowship of Christian Cowboys will be held at 9 a.m. Sunday at the Harley Tucker Memorial Arena in Joseph. Featured will be Paul Jerome, a traveling cowboy minister, and Soul Renovation, a local band that plays country gospel music.
There is no admission, though a free will offering is accepted. This popular annual Chief Joseph Days event usually attracts about 1,000 people. Everyone is welcome.
Friendship feast on schedule
Descendants of the Nez Perce who once inhabited this county annually set up the Chief Joseph Days Commemorative encampment east of the rodeo grounds. Working with present day residents, a big friendship feast - featuring salmon and a variety of potluck dishes - is served starting about noon after the grand parade. Everyone is welcome. Bring salads, desserts and side dishes, and remember there will be a lot of people to feed so big portions are in order. Donations will be accepted to help with the costs of the feasts from those who want to contribute, but aren't able to bring food. Anyone who wants is welcome to serve. Come a little early and ask for Priscilla Craig or Jean Pekarek.