Tickets are now on sale for the 58th annual Chief Joseph Days Coronation Dinner scheduled Saturday, April 19, at the Joseph Community Center. The event starts with a social hour at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. and dancing to begin at 9 p.m. The coronation announcement of the new CJD Queen will be about 9:30 to 10 p.m.

According to event organizers, tickets are selling very fast this year, and they advise folks to get their tickets as soon as possible.

Dinner/dance tickets are $17 each and will definitely not be available at the door. They are available at the Sports Corral in Joseph or the Joseph Chamber of Commerce office. Admission to the dance only will be $5 per person at the door. Music will be provided by the Skyline band.

The event will feature a prime rib dinner catered by Wallowa Valley BBQ. Master of ceremonies for the program will be former chamber president Tony Yost, who now lives in the Modesto, Calif., area. Among highlights of the program will be the modeling of the 2003 CJD court outfits by the four court members, outfits coordinated by Judy Bothum. Queen candidates are Celeste Hillock, Joy Kuppinger, Erin Voss and Anna Yost, who are in the midst of CJD rodeo ticket sales as part of the race for the queen's tiara.

Riding competition will be held at 11 a.m. April 19 at Harley Tucker Memorial Arena, and the public is invited to cheer on the young horsewomen.

Coronation dinner committee chairpersons are Pearl Sturm and Betsy Henry. Theme of the event is "Romancing the Rodeo."

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