County fair continues

The Wallowa County Fair will finish its 2002 run during the next three days.

Scheduled are 4-H livestock market events Thursday, and 4-H/FFA livestock showmanship and small animal classes Friday. Grand champion classes will be held at 7 p.m. both days, with a teen dance sponsored by FFA at 8 p.m. Friday.

Also on Thursday (today) a home-made ice cream and pie social, complete with entertainment, is planned at 1 p.m. by Wallowa County Granges, followed by a community service awards program.

The last day of the fair Saturday will include the 4-H dog show, pee-wee sheep showmanship and, at 3:30 p.m. the 4-H/FFA awards program. The public is invited to all events.

The fair will end with the 4-H/FFA Livestock Sale at 5:30 p.m. Everyone is encouraged to support the county's youth by buying an animal or contributing towards the purchase of one.

Cloverleaf Hall is full of exhibits and open to 8 p.m. daily with enteries to be picked up Saturday afternoon.

Chamber music concerts set

Classical music by the stellar faculty of the Wallowa Lake Chamber Music Festival will be played for the public at a concert in Enterprise at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9, at the Odd Fellows Hall. Admission is $5. The local event follows a concert the preceding night, Thursday, Aug. 8, at Tamastslikt Institute near Pendleton.

Concert musicians are Leoni Hartmann, Karen Clark and Lisa Robertson, violin; Edward Dixon, conductor and cellist; and Debora Bish, clarinent. They will play works by Brahms, Gershwin and Mozart.

A free outdoor concert by festival students and faculty is planned at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 1 at the gazebo courthouse in Enterprise.

Redneck rodeo this weekend

The fourth Redneck Rodeo will be held at the Wallowa County Fairgrounds Friday and Saturday this week in conjunction with the county fair. Events at the amateur rodeo, which is open to competitors of all ages, are scheduled from 7-9 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. to about 5 p.m. Saturday. Rodeo-goers are invited to become bidders in the fair's livestock auction.

Gladys Nobles will reign over the event as rodeo queen.

Admission is Admission will be $5 or $3 for children 12 and under. Call 432-9301 or 426-3312 for more information.

The rodeo is sponsoring a dollar-a-burger night at the fair Thursday evening.

Blues festival here Saturday

Music of a different kind will be heard Saturday, Aug. 10, when the 7th annual Bronze, Blues and Brews festival is staged at Joseph City Park. Gates are scheduled to open at noon and music will fill the summer air from 1 to about 9:30 p.m.

The festival lineup this year includes Joe Louis Walker and the Boss Talkers, Curtis Salgado, Bill Rhoades and the Party Kings, David Jacobs-Strain and The Polecats.

Tickets are available for $18 in advance or $25 at the gate.

Gospel concert slated Sunday

Sonbridge Music recording artist and gospel singer Jerry Spainhower will present a free concert at the Church of the Nazarene, 203 E. Grant St. in Enterprise on Sunday, August 18, at 10:30 a.m.

Spainhower, who makes the Pacific Northwest his home, began his singing career at the age of four and lists twice weekly radio performances at the age of seven as one of his accomplishments. For additional information, call 426-6538.

Stockgrowers annual meeting slated Aug. 17

Wallowa County Stockgrowers will hold their annual meeting Saturday, Aug. 17, starting with breafast at the VFW Hall at 7:30 a.m. The cost of the breakfast, prepared by the VFW Auxiliary, is $5 per person.

The meeting will start at 8 a.m. and include updates from the Oregon Cattlemens Association and the Oregon Beef Council. Tim DelCurto of OSU Extension will speak on feeding fescue hay straw. A business meeting will follow, ending with round table discussion on the proposed buyout of federal permits by the federal government.

The Saturday night event at Cloverleaf Hall will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a no-host social hour followed by a beef and lamb dinner at 7:30 p.m. Cost of the dinner will be $15 per person.

After awards are presented, dancing to the music of Oregon's Hank William Junior will begin. Everyone is invited.

Hunters' safety classes set

The American Legion Wallowa Lake Post 157 will host a Hunter Education course August 12-14 through August 19-21 from 6 to 8:00 p.m. each day in the Legion Hall at 104 N. Main Street in Joseph.

This 12 hour, 6-day course meets the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife requirements needed to complete the mandatory program for all Oregon hunters under the age of 18. For More information contact Mike Teece at 432-6240.

EHS Class of '57 to meet Aug. 10

The Enterprise High School Class of '57 will be holding their 45 year class reunion on Saturday, August 10, at the VFW Hall in Enterprise. All friends, classmates and teachers are invited to come in and visit after 7:30 p.m.

Benefit yard sale, auction set Saturday

A benefit yard sale and silent auction is being held by Community Connection from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, at its center, 702 NW 1st St., Enterprise.

Proceeds from the silent auction items will go to benefit transports for local and out of town medical appointments, while the yard sale items will benefit the Meals on Wheels program for the homebound elderly. There will be cinnamon rolls and coffee for sale

Donations of usable, sellable and workable items are appreciated. Bring to Community Connection by 3 p.m. Friday.

Taking Charge class to start

All women (age 18 to 105) are invited to take part in "Taking Charge," a Tuesday night women's self-empowerment class that will begin August 13 in the conference room between the Health Department and Safe Harbors.

The 10-week class will be held between 6 and 8 p.m. It teaches assertiveness, personal boundaries, mental and physical self-defense skills and much more.

There is no charge, but space is limited so call 426-4004 to register. A children's program is also offered.

Free blood pressure testing available at fairgrounds

The Wallowa County Health Department will be giving free blood pressure tests at the Wallowa County Fair. The tests will be available afternoons on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, August 8, 9, and 10 in the Quonset hut.

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