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’62 Days parade delights despite weather

Richard Hanners

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Published on June 12, 2018 4:47PM

The Whiskey Gulch Gang Can-Can Girls brave a light drizzle during the ’62 Days parade in Canyon City June 9.

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The Whiskey Gulch Gang Can-Can Girls brave a light drizzle during the ’62 Days parade in Canyon City June 9.

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The Whiskey Gulch Gang during the ’62 Days parade in Canyon City June 9.

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The Whiskey Gulch Gang during the ’62 Days parade in Canyon City June 9.

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Riders representing John Day Polaris wowed onlookers during the ’62 Days parade in Canyon City June 9.

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Riders representing John Day Polaris wowed onlookers during the ’62 Days parade in Canyon City June 9.

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Grant County Fair and Rodeo Court Queen Trinity Hutchison, left, and Princess Courtney Nichols made the rounds during the ’62 Days event in Canyon City June 9.

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Grant County Fair and Rodeo Court Queen Trinity Hutchison, left, and Princess Courtney Nichols made the rounds during the ’62 Days event in Canyon City June 9.

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Sam Palmer with his mining float for the ’62 Days parade in Canyon City June 9.

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Sam Palmer with his mining float for the ’62 Days parade in Canyon City June 9.

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One of the dragons from the Portland Lee’s Association Dragon & Lion Dance Team draws a photographer during the ’62 Days parade in Canyon City June 9.

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One of the dragons from the Portland Lee’s Association Dragon & Lion Dance Team draws a photographer during the ’62 Days parade in Canyon City June 9.

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Mock gold veins in quartz rock to be displayed in the ’62 Days parade in Canyon City June 9.

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Mock gold veins in quartz rock to be displayed in the ’62 Days parade in Canyon City June 9.

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Bobbie Weekes brought Lollie, her 7-year-old macaw, from Parma, Idaho, for the ’62 Days event in Canyon City June 9.

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Bobbie Weekes brought Lollie, her 7-year-old macaw, from Parma, Idaho, for the ’62 Days event in Canyon City June 9.

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Maddie Bailey, left, and Morgan Randleas, both students at Humbolt Elementary School, braved a little rain to run in the Gold Rush Run and Walk 5K at the start of ’62 Days in Canyon City June 9.

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Maddie Bailey, left, and Morgan Randleas, both students at Humbolt Elementary School, braved a little rain to run in the Gold Rush Run and Walk 5K at the start of ’62 Days in Canyon City June 9.

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Kamas Corder, 5, and sister McCarty Corder, 7, traveled with their Welsh corgi Henley from Unity for the ’62 Days event in Canyon City June 9.

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Kamas Corder, 5, and sister McCarty Corder, 7, traveled with their Welsh corgi Henley from Unity for the ’62 Days event in Canyon City June 9.

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A dragon from the Portland Lee’s Association Dragon & Lion Dance Team marches past onlookers during the ’62 Days parade in Canyon City June 9.

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A dragon from the Portland Lee’s Association Dragon & Lion Dance Team marches past onlookers during the ’62 Days parade in Canyon City June 9.

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A dragon from the Portland Lee’s Association Dragon & Lion Dance Team marches past onlookers during the ’62 Days parade in Canyon City June 9.

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A dragon from the Portland Lee’s Association Dragon & Lion Dance Team marches past onlookers during the ’62 Days parade in Canyon City June 9.

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An onlooker and her dog find shelter under an umbrella as a light rain fell during the ’62 Days parade in Canyon City June 9.

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An onlooker and her dog find shelter under an umbrella as a light rain fell during the ’62 Days parade in Canyon City June 9.

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The historic Sels Brewery opened to the public during the ’62 Days event in Canyon City June 9.

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The historic Sels Brewery opened to the public during the ’62 Days event in Canyon City June 9.

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Rain forced cancellation of the mock hanging, but a member of the Whiskey Gulch Gang was ‘shot’ in the Canyon City Fire Hall during the ’62 Days event in Canyon City June 9.

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Rain forced cancellation of the mock hanging, but a member of the Whiskey Gulch Gang was ‘shot’ in the Canyon City Fire Hall during the ’62 Days event in Canyon City June 9.

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The Whiskey Gulch Gang held their annual mock hanging during the ’62 Days event in Canyon City on June 9 once the rain had receded.

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The Whiskey Gulch Gang held their annual mock hanging during the ’62 Days event in Canyon City on June 9 once the rain had receded.

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Brandi Kennedy and Joe O’Connor wait in the light drizzle for the start of the ’62 Days parade in Canyon City June 9.

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Brandi Kennedy and Joe O’Connor wait in the light drizzle for the start of the ’62 Days parade in Canyon City June 9.

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Cold, wet weather dampened prospects at the annual ’62 Days in Canyon City June 9.

After drizzling much of the morning, the rain and wind picked up, and some of the vendors packed up and left early. Whiskey Gulch Gang President Colby Farrell said the vendors who stayed said they did well and plan to return next year — hopefully with better weather.

The mock hanging and the bed races were postponed but eventually held. Farrell said about seven teams participated in the bed races, which were followed by ax throwing.

But the rain didn’t dampen the spirits of a variety of parade-goers. Here are the results:

Individual

First: Carl Lino, grand marshal

Group

First: Grant County Little League Softball in the Les Schwab truck

Second: 4-H Sharp Shooters Cody Bowden and Logan Namitz driven by Teri Stewart-Bowden and Sharon Stewart

Third: Portland Lee’s Association Lion and Dragon Dance Team

Family

First: Keerins family, Mike and Joanne, the 2018 Grant County Fair grand marshals

Business

First: Journey, Janel Parker, Elizabeth Parker and Dennis Flippence

Second: John Day Golf Club, Joe Humbert

Third: John Day Polaris

Organization

First: Boy Scouts of America Troop 800, Mormon Church of John Day

Second: Whiskey Gulch Gang-Demolition Derby, Tyler Nodine and Steven Patterson

Third: Grant/Harney Fire Prevention Co-Op

Mounted Group

First: Grant County Fair and Rodeo Court, Queen Trinity Hutchison, Princess Courtney Nichols and Ambassador Abby Winegar

Antique Car

First: Ron Phillips

Best Representation of 1862

First: Committee to Elect Sam Palmer

































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