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By The Observer

ENTERPRISE A busy weekend in Wallowa County will lead up to Independence Day celebrations.

Among the big attractions will be the usual fireworks at Wallowa Lake, set for Tuesday night, and the annual Fourth of July parade and other events scheduled for the City of Wallowa on Wednesday.

Saturday Free Lake Concert.

Inland Northwest Musicians, Inc., will present a free concert at 4 p.m. Saturday at Wallowa Lake State Park. The four groups featured will be the Inland Northwest Orchestra, Inland Northwest Chorale, Willow Creek Symphony, and Willow Creek Singers.

Music to be performed will include African Trilogy, Star Wars, Four Scottish Dances, The Skye Boat Song, and more.

Sunday Rodeo Play Day.

The High Mountain Barrel Club is hosting an open rodeo play day at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Wallowa County Fairgrounds in Enterprise.

Barrel racing and pole bending for all level from beginners, are planned.

Events for children ages 9 and under include egg/spoon, boot/broom and, dummy races, and goat tail tying.

Sign up from 12:30-1:15 p.m., Sunday.

Admission is $2 or $1 for 9 and younger. For information, call Mary Ann McLaughlin, 426-4407.

Tuesday Fireworks Over Lake.

The annual fireworks are set to begin exploding over the foot (north end) of Wallowa Lake at nightfall (about 9:30 p.m.) Tuesday. Yes, Tuesday.

The recent north lake parking lot expansion resulted in one of the two entrances there being closed, and concrete islands installed on the lot to direct traffic flow.

Parking has been tight in the past. Spectators are advised to come early, carpool or leave cars behind.

Donations can be sent to the sponsor: Joseph Merchants Association, P.O. Box 3, Joseph 97846. Generous contributions have been received from service organizations throughout the county.

The Wallowa Valley Together Project is serving hamburgers, hot dogs and soda at the foot of the lake 3-9 p.m. to raise funds for its youth oriented projects.

Wednesday is The Fourth.

Post offices, governmental agencies, city halls and many businesses will be closed in honor of Independence Day.

Independence Day Celebration in the City of Wallowa

Come see who won the prize for the best decorated adopted tree on Main Street.

Breakfast will be served by the Rebekahs from 7 to 10:30 a.m. at the IOOF Hall.

At 8 a.m. the Senior Center opens

for a craft and quilt show and


There will be a historical display at the library.

Parade entries start at 10 a.m. at Cougar Field on the west end of town. No prior arrangements are needed. Just show up and compete for the first, second and third prizes of $25, $15, and $10 in the childrens and adults


The best theme wins $25.00 and the most patriotic wins a $50 gift certificate donated by Community Bank.

For parade information, call Scott Taylor at 886-7160.

The Hometown Associations Parade begins at 11 a.m.

Old Glory will lead the parade, followed by grand marshals Howard and Muriel Johnson and Perry and Donna Mae Johnston.

Next will be young Mindy Smith,who was chosen this years Little Miss Fourth of July.

Old-Time Tractors will be featured in the parade.

From 11:30 to 4 p.m. refreshments will be available at an open house of the Wallowa Band Nez Perce Homeland Project.

A Bite of Wallowa Barbecue

It will be under a canopy between the senior center and the post office.

Strawberry Shortcake and coffee will be served in the senior center.

At noon will be the Old Time Fiddlers Show.

At 2 p.m. is the Ducking Down the Wallowa River race. Buy a $3 little yellow ducky at Shells Mercantile. The first three to float the length of town will win $25, $15, and $10 donated by Henderson Fuel Co.

At 3 p.m., a time capsule will be buried.

The following weekend

July 6-8 will be the Lostine Flea Market. Call 426-4622 for information.


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