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July 07, 2004

Hells Canyon Mule Days

If you are going to be anywhere near Oregon on September 10-12, I know you will want to attend Hells Canyon Mule Days.

This is their 24th annual year. It is a fun family show and they have events and games for all ages and skill levels. You can find out more about Hells Canyon Mule Days at www.hellscanyonmuledays.com.

Here is their press release:

Pack ’Em UP and Head ’Em Out for Hells Canyon Mule Days 2004

The year 2004 marks the 24th annual Hells Canyon Mule Days celebration. Mule and donkey owners, and spectators intrigued by this long-eared equine, from all over the Northwest will be part of this fun family three day weekend with the action centered around the Wallowa County Fairgrounds in Enterprise on September 10 - 12.

The first Hells Canyon Mule Days was held in 1981 as the result of a meeting between local ranchers, packers and guides, and representatives of the Wallowa County Chamber of Commerce and USDA Forest Service to explore the idea of putting together a new County event.

Wallowa County was rich in the history of the inhospitable terrain of Hells Canyon, and that area owes most of its early settlement and development to the mule, who predominantly served as a major means of transportation during these early times. As a result of this meeting, the mule, tough, intelligent, sure-footed, and often misunderstood, but a mainstay of the many packers and outfitters working in Wallowa County, was elevated to center stage for the first Hells Canyon Mule Day celebration.

Annual Mule Show events include classes for every age group and skill level. This year’s program is highlighted with the GMAC Classic Jump Off Challenge, sponsored by Daggett & Associates GMAC Real Estate. The fast action events include pole bending, barrel racing, mule and donkey races and fast ass express.

Other events that are also crowd pleasers include packers scramble, wild cow milking, flapjack race, drive and ride, and mystery races. Professional Rodeo Announcer Lee Daggett will keep the show moving at a steady pace and keep the audience informed and entertained. It just wouldn’t be mule days without him!

In addition to the mule and donkey show, visitors can enjoy strolling the green and visiting with vendors, exhibitors and western artists. This years featured exhibitor is Tennessee Mule Artist Bonnie Shields from Sandpoint, Idaho. Bonnie is well known and her talents include drawing, painting and sculpture. Her work has appeared on select Leanin’Tree greeting cards, she designed the first Breyer model mule and is currently working on yet another. A longstanding member of the Cowboy Cartoonists Association, her wide variety of “mule art” can be viewed during her visit to Hells Canyon Mule Days, as well as on her website at www.BonnieShields.com.

Other exhibitors include displays of western tack and saddles, antiques and collectibles, metal art, fresh produce, silversmiths, leather goods, apple pressing, wool spinning, and the Hells Canyon Mule Days booth selling t-shirts, caps, buckles, spurs, and chances for the mule chip lottery. The Food Court will have many delicious items to please every appetite. The Hurricane Creek Grange menu will include a hearty breakfast and lunch, plus great home-made pies.

Just For Fun is the theme of this years Hells Canyon Mule Days Quilt Show held in the Cloverleaf Hall on the fairgrounds. There will be over one hundred quilts on display for the three day event. Ten vendors will represent quilt shops throughout the region and will be selling quilting related items. This year’s raffle quilt is The Blue Bird of Happiness and tickets may be purchased for $1.00 each or six for $5.00 at the show or at The Country Quilter on Main Street Enterprise.

Other events on Saturday not to be missed, include the non-motorized parade with this years Grand Marshal Bennie Banks leading the precession of riders, teams, pack-strings, and local horse clubs, and Past HCMD Grand Marshals will be riding in Julie Kooch’s wagon.

During the Jim Probert Pit B-B-Q dinner there will be entertainment of western music and cowboy poets. The mule, donkey and horse sale will be held Saturday evening in the show barn. This is a great fun event to attend even if you are not in the market for selling or buying a critter.

So, for three days of family fun, Pack ’Em Up and Head ’Em Out to Hells Canyon Mule Days in Enterprise, Oregon.

For more information please call Wallowa County Chamber of Commerce at 1-800-585-4121 or Sondra Lozier at 541-426-3271 or 541-263-0104 (Home #’s)

Visit us at www.hellscanyonmuledays.com or e-mail president@hellscanyonmuledays.com.

Posted by Kristie Jorgensen at July 7, 2004 09:04 AM


Greetings from the valley of the Wallowas,
Hey Kristie, It was great to receive the notice about your website and thanks for adding our press release and listing the dates for our show.
Your site is meeting a need for so many different venues. Keep up the good work!
Thanks again and til' later,
Sondra Lozier, President
Hells Canyon Mule Days
"Always the Weekend after Labor Day"

Posted by: Sondra Lozier at July 7, 2004 11:06 AM