Cowboys are the real deal in Wallowa County. Guys (and women) wearing cowboy boots and hats and driving muddy pickups aren't playing games. They really do feed cattle, ride horses, brand calves, drive their herds from summer to winter pasture.
In Wallowa County we've got cowboy poets, home-grown country bands (of course there are also classical musicians, but that's another tip), and hundreds of volunteers who put on rodeos, leads 4-H clubs, and chairs county fair events. Some of their ancestors settled in this corner of Oregon as long ago as 1872.
Of course not everyone's a cowboy (and we have some very well educated cowboys here) but they are an intregal part of the lifestyle here.
The towns of Wallowa County enjoy holding parades along with their events with five or six planned every year. The largest is in Joseph during Chief Joseph Days when up to 10,000 people line the streets to watch about 100 entries, many with a Western theme. There's also a popular junior parade for kids only during CJD.
The town of Wallowa (pop 900) holds a great old fashioned 4th of July parade, the epitome of old time small time rural America.
There's also a Hells Canyon Mule Days parade in September, Summerfest parade in June and Lighted Tractor parade in December in Enterprise.
The natives of Joseph and Wallowa County are a pretty friendly lot, and stop and catch up on the news wherever they encounter each other, whether it be the middle of the sidewalk or in Jerry's Market or (especially) in Safeway in Enterprise, where it's hard to get out without visiting with three or four people.
Sometimes on the side streets you'll come up behind a pickup or car stopped in the middle of the street with the driver talking to the guy in a vehicle facing the opposite direction. They'll usually drive on when someone drives up behind them.
If not just give a little honk, or drive on around them if you can squeak by.