This 2 Day event is the Kickoff to Chief Joseph Days. The Chief Joseph Days Ranch Rodeo starts Friday at 2:30 pm with a trail ride beginning at the Harley Tucker rodeo arena and ending at the Wallowa Lake moraine. The ride will be followed by dinner at 6pm social hour and dinner at 7:00 pm in the Thunder Room. A live auction will include a chance to buy your favorite rodeo team and a chance to win some money, as well as many other items. On Saturday the event continues with the Ranch Rodeo starting at 2:00pm.
The countdown event is a fundraiser for CJD scholarships. In addition to scholarships to graduating CJD royalty, three scholarships are awarded each year to a Enterprise, Wallowa and Joseph high school graduate.