Chief Joseph Days has been celebrated on the last full weekend of July for the past 74 years. If the CJD board of directors has their way, the 75th annual rodeo will go on as planned this year. Or as close to what’s been planned as possible. If possible.
“The community and our sponsors have supported us generously through all the years,” said director Terry Jones. “They count on Chief Joseph Days economically. It’s a mutual relationship. Especially this year, we want to support our sponsors and the community.”
Jones said that in late June the CJD board will make a final decision on whether to hold the 75th rodeo this year, or postpone it until 2021. That will depend on whether the state is opening, and what the governor’s phased guidelines specify. They are cautiously optimistic that the show can go on as it has for 74 years.
“We’re not trying to endanger the community. We’re not trying to bring in the virus. We’re just trying to ride this out in the hope that we can have a rodeo and support the community,” Jones said.