A look at what’s going on this holiday weekend
Wallowa resident Georgia Wilson will be honored Saturday morning as grand marshal of the community’s Independence Day parade.
Wilson, who has a reputation for independently launching projects to benefit the community and seeing them through to completion, is perhaps best known for her purchase and donation years ago of a building to house the Wallowa Public Library, the library’s home today. Only a few years ago, she paid to paint the building that became home of the Wallowa Resale Store.
In addition to Wilson, the July 4 parade has two other dignitaries: Little Miss 4th Zoe Hermens, 9, daughter of Levi and Carrie Hermens, and Mr. Liberty Gavin Schaeffer, 5, son of Travis and Angie Schaeffer.
The parade starts at 11 a.m. from the Wallowa football field. Entrants are asked to arrive there no later than 10:30 a.m. to line up. Those who haven’t registered in advance can also sign up at that time, becoming eligible for an assortment of cash prizes. Awards in the Adult Division this year are $150, $100, $50 and $30; Children’s Division entries vie for prizes of $50, $30, $20 and $10. Additionally, winner of the City Choice Award will receive $200, and Community Bank awards $50 for Most Patriotic entry.
Organizers of the annual 4th of July Co-ed Softball Tournament plan a break in the action at Kirk Jones Field, allowing players to come downtown to view the Cayle Krebs Memorial Float. Krebs, a friend to many of the players, died in a June 20 vehicle accident (see obituary on A2).
Also on tap at Wallowa on Saturday is a barbecue the WHS cheerleaders will host at the Fire Hall immediately following the parade, FFA sales of pie by the slice, the Wallowa County Photo Club’s first signing party for its 2016 calendar, and live music performed by the band No Boundaries.
Following is a brief rundown of other activities planned around the county this holiday weekend. The Wallowa County Humane Society wishes to remind everyone that pets should be kept well away from celebrations involving fireworks, which cause animals stress.
LOSTINE: The popular Lostine Flea Market returns for three days this year, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and members of the South Fork Grange will be serving a pancake breakfast all three mornings from 7 to 10:30 a.m. on the lawn by the Community Center. The menu includes ham or sausage, eggs, juice or other beverage. No Boundaries will perform live music Friday at 1 p.m.
Also on Saturday, the 32nd annual Lostine River Run offers competitors distances of 1 mile, 5K and 10K along the beautiful Lostine River Canyon. Check-in and late registration is from 7 to 8 a.m., and the 5K and 10K events start at 9 a.m. See the Eastern Oregon Sports Training website (eosportstraining.com) for more information.
TROY: The small community celebrates Independence Day with a parade, horseshoe tournament, kids’ games, food served by the Troy Resort, a street dance with the Alibis, and a fireworks show at dusk.
WALLOWA LAKE: The spectacular “Shake the Lake” fireworks show promises to be the highlight of Wallowa County’s 4th, as Bruce Lawson’s Ontario firm, Homeland Fireworks, again provides the pyrotechnic artistry that takes full advantage of the beautiful setting. The Wallowa County Sheriff’s Office lends a huge assist in making the show possible, moving docks beforehand. Vicki Searles, executive director of the Wallowa County Chamber of Commerce, says this year’s show will be about as large as last year’s, when additional fireworks were included. It starts around 10 p.m. and lasts 20-25 minutes.
At the beginning of this week, the Wallowa County Chamber, located in Enterprise, reported it was still about $3,500 short of its fundraising goal to continue providing the Shake the Lake show, and anyone who donates $25 or more to the County Chamber before Monday, July 6, will be entered into a July 6 drawing for a Snake River boat trip provided by Beamer’s Landing of Clarkston, Wash. The Chamber’s phone number is 541-426-4622.
Also at Wallowa Lake on the 4th, look for Uncle Sam (played by Troy Berglund), who will be accepting donations to help cover the Joseph Chamber of Commerce’s monetary contribution to the show.
New this year at the lake is a temporary stage at the county park, where musicians will perform as part of the larger Joseph Mountain Jubilee, which also features performances throughout the day on the streets of Joseph.