Hells Canyon Mule Days Parade

SATURDAY – SEPTEMBER 7, 2019 LINE-UP – North side of track at fairgrounds at10:00 am
HCMD Parade Route:
The HCMD parade will line up on the North side of the fairground’s track and parking lot starting at 10:00 am. The parade will move south on First Street and turn east on Park Street and then turn south on NE Second Street to Main Street. The parade will proceed five blocks west on Main Street and turn north on Depot Street and return to the Fairgrounds. The HCMD Grand Entry is scheduled for 1:00 pm and all parade entries are invited to participate in the grand entry.


Grand Marshall: Julie Kooch


For the Parade Entry Form click here.


The Hells Canyon Mule Days board of directors is pleased to announce that Wallowa County native Julie Kooch is the Grand Marshal for the 39th annual Hells Canyon Mule Days. Julie has deep Wallowa County roots going back to her grandparents, Henry and Katherine (McCrae) Davis, and Max M. and Bertha (Womack) Mink and, Julie’s parents, Melvin and Maxine (Mink) Davis, were born and raised in the County. Julie and her brother, Ron, were born in Enterprise and raised on the family ranch in the Joseph Creek Canyon. Julie spent her growing up years in the canyon attending the one- room Lewis School and then the folks rented a ranch in the Joseph area during her high school years and Julie graduated from Joseph High School in 1962. She attended the University of Idaho and later received her Master’s Degree from Eastern Oregon State College. Before retiring from teaching in 2010, Julie had been a teacher in the Enterprise school for over 30 years, and followed in the footsteps of her mother and grandmother, who both taught in one-room schools in Wallowa County. Julie has always had a love and passion for the Canyon Country and what she calls “cowboying.” Over the years she has ridden these rugged canyons, rims and breaks to help check, move and gather cattle for local ranches. She has recorded her memories of her years in the Canyon through her books. The first one, My Life on Joseph Creek followed by Riding the Canyons, tells of life growing up in this remote region. They make for a great read and record the history of area. Julie has been part of Hells Canyon Mule Days for years. Going back to the early days of the event. She participated in many of the driving events and weight pull contest. She and her teams have escorted many Mule Days grand marshals through the Chief Joseph Days and Mule Days parades. In the past few years Julie is the official greeter at the main entrance gate and sells admission buttons to locals and visitors alike. She knows most all the locals by name and makes visitors feel very welcome. We are very grateful for Julie and her involvement and energy she gives to Hells Canyon Mule Days… THANK YOU JULIE KOOCH







2003 Grand Marshall Arnold Schaeffer leading the HCMD parade on Rub.


2002 Grand Marshall Merl Hawkins, wife Carol and daughter Jenny. Larry Waters driving his mules Bert & Ernie

 Cathy Moffit driving her miniature horse Thunder.


Bob & Jan Casey riding Mac & Jack

 "My Little Red Wagon"


Greg & Cindy Neal driving their mules Nell & Lou