Chief Joseph Days Features Four Nights of Rodeo

Chief Joseph Days brings four nights of action-packed PRCA rodeo and six days of western heritage and entertainment to scenic Joseph, Ore., July 23-28. Chief Joseph Days was named one of the Top five medium-sized rodeos in the country in 2023, and won best medium rodeo on the Columbia River Circuit the past two years.

Chief Joseph Days kicks off with the Bucking Horse Stampede down Main Street on Tuesday, July 23. Four nightly PRCA rodeos start Wednesday, July 24, at 7 p.m. at the Harley Tucker Memorial Arena. Top contestants in saddle bronc, bareback, steer wrestling, team roping, bullriding, barrel racing and other events will compete for the chance to make it to the National Finals Rodeo.

Family Night is Wednesday night, and kids six and under get in free. Crowd favorites like mutton-bustin’ make Wednesday popular with families. Internationally known trick rider Maddison MacDonald, who has performed ten times at the National Finals Rodeo, will be in the arena each night with her death-defying stunts.

After the rodeo, enjoy family-friendly fun at the Thunder Room on Wednesday, piano and vocal entertainer Brady Goss on Thursday, and Walla Walla-based band Whiskey Creek on Friday and Saturday nights. The Grand Parade on Main Street, the Nez Perce Friendship Feast, the cowboy pancake breakfast and cowboy church round out the festivities along with shopping and food vendors.

During Chief Joseph Days, members of the Nez Perce Tribe — Nimiipuu in their native language — return for a pow-wow and to host the annual Nez Perce Friendship Feast featuring salmon, buffalo and native dancing.

The rodeo is named for young Chief Joseph, the last leader of the Wallowa band to live in the valley. Nez Perce riders will take part in the parade on Saturday, and descendants of Chief Joseph and other tribe members will take an honor circuit at the Saturday-night rodeo.

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