The January 2016 issue of Western Horse & Gun magazine featured the Top 10 Must See Rodeos of 2016, and along with Pendleton Round Up, Cheyenne Frontier Days, Calgary Stampede and other big name rodeos, Chief Joseph Days made Western Horse & Gun magazine’s list of “Top 10 Must See Rodeos of 2016”.
Writer Gavin Ehringer, author of Rodeo in America” and “Rodeo Legends” has traveled the country visiting rodeos. “Chief Joseph Days is remote and little known outside the region,” Ehringer writes in the article, featured in Western Horse & Gun’s January 2016 issue,
“But if you’re looking for a small-town rodeo in a setting that’s ideal for a family vacation, you can’t find much better.”
Ehringer said Chief Joseph Days is made even more of a must-see rodeo by its location in scenic Joseph, Oregon, in the very northeastern corner of the state. Surrounded by the Wallowa Mountains, and featuring Wallowa Lake, the rodeo offers a stunning and rugged landscape as its backdrop.
The rodeo, named for the ill-fated leader of the Nez Perce Tribe who once made their home in the Wallowa Valley, Chief Joseph Days offers four nights of PRCA rodeos, a Grand Parade down Main Street, the Nez Perce Friendship Feast, music and dancing after the rodeo, and an endless variety of outdoor fun.
Always the last full week in July, Chief Joseph Days 2016 kicks off Tuesday, July 26 with a bucking horse stampede down Joseph’s Main Street and continues through Sunday, July 31.