The 2002 Chief Joseph Days court of Queen Heather Marshall and Princesses Jessica Kassahn and Natalie Soares scored big during the Eastern Oregon Livestock Show in Union last week, earning a first place in the royalty division of Friday's parade.
According to first-year court chaperone Doris Noland, the trio from Wallowa County elicited many admiring comments from the parade-watching crowd. "They looked so pretty and were friendly and outgoing. I was proud of them," she said.
The court plans to take part in the Summerfest parade in Enterprise Saturday, June 15, and will also be on hand to serve hamburgers at Courtney Motors.
In Union the CJD court also attended the EOLS court queen's coronation Thursday night and took part in a rodeo run-in after the parade.
Noland is being assisted this summer in her chaperone duties by youngest daughter Chelcee, 15, who is especially valuable helping the court with their hair and make-up. The chaperone has two older daughters who are former CJD queens, Amber Follett McDowell in 1996 and Brooke Follett in 1998, so already knows many of the ropes of royal rodeo court life.
"But I'm enjoying seeing the court from another side," she said.