The Chief Joseph Days Grand Parade Saturday was the largest in several years, with 105 numbered entries and running just shy of two hours long.

Early last week when it was already past the entry deadline, parade chairman Andy Osborn said there were only 60 entries signed up. "But a lot of people always register at the last minute," he said prophetically.

Both sides of Main Street were packed with spectators during the parade, which was held in near-perfect sunny weather.

Parade winners included the High Wallowa Red Hat chapter, whose entry entitled "The Best Women of the Old West" - featuring two wagons (pulled by a tractor and truck) filled with women in red pioneer hats doing things like using an old-fashioned scrub board - was first in the Parade Theme category. The theme was "Women of the Old West."

Other top local winners included a Hawaiian-themed entry from Deb's, which took first place in the float division; and OK Theatre, which was first among commercial entries.

Following is the list of parade winners supplied by the Joseph Chamber of Commerce.

Parade Theme - 1st, High Wallowa Red Hat Society; 2nd, Community Bank.

Comedy - 1st, Barrel Racers; 2nd, Husband in Trouble.

Commercial - 1st, OK Theatre; 2nd, Kooch Clydesdales.

Riding Groups - 1st, ADD (Almost Dead Drill) Team.

Float - 1st, Deb's Young Fashions; 2nd, Airport.

Musical Groups - 1st, Pipes and Drums; 2nd, Wallowa County Band.

Royalty - 1st, St. Paul Rodeo; 2nd, Walla Walla Pioneer Posse Court.

Individual - 1st, Aleasha McIntosh; 2nd, Butterfield (no first name given).

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