Haines celebrates Independence Day
The tiny town of Haines bursts with activity every Fourth of July for a day-long celebration involving a parade, pie, barbecue, rodeo action and a fireworks show.
“Haines is a hoppin’ place this year,” said Alita Arendell, who co-chairs the holiday celebration with Garla Rowe for the Friends of Haines.
Haines is located on Highway 30, 10 miles north of Baker City.
The Haines Stampede Rodeo is actually a two-day event, beginning July 3 with slack at 9 a.m. (admission is free), followed by the rodeo at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 adults, $4 kids age 6 to 12 and free for ages 5 and younger. Proceeds benefit the Shriner’s Hospital.
The rodeo picks up again at 1:30 p.m. July 4. Ticket prices are the same as Sunday.
New this year are more children’s activities, as well as the traditional mutton busting, junior steers, junior barrel racing and junior breakaway, said Kristi Bain, rodeo secretary.
Also, a dinner is planned following the rodeo on July 4 with music in the arena (free) and a meal provided by Harvest Church for $10.
Bain said during the two days of rodeo, donations will be accepted for Chelsie Thompson, a 6-year-old North Powder girl whose left leg was amputated just above the knee after she was run over by a lawnmower at her home June 3.
The Rock Creek-Muddy Creek Mutual Improvement Club, which is celebrating its 100th year in 2016, is sponsoring the second-annual pie contest during the Fourth of July celebrations at Haines. Entries need to be delivered between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. July 3, at The Record-Courier office.
“Think of the pie that got you the most compliments, bake it and bring it in,” said Evelyn Fisher.
The pies will be judged at 8 a.m. July 4, and winners announced during the parade. Pies will be sold by the slice for $2 or $15 for an entire pie.
Proceeds benefit the Mutual Improvement Club, which supports community events including Neighborhood Watch, the Haines-North Powder food bank, Salvation Army angel trees, military boxes, desserts for the Haines School chili feed and more.
Events kick off early on the holiday with a cowboy breakfast served up at the Elkhorn Grange from 7 a.m to 10 a.m. The price is $7 for ages 13 and older, $5 for ages 7 to 10 and free for 6 and younger.
Those who want to add a little exercise to their holiday can join the annual Fourth of July fun run/walk at 8 a.m. There are two distances: 5K (3.1 miles) and 10K (6.2 miles). The entry fee, which includes a T-shirt, is $15 or $10 for those younger than 10. Race-day registration starts at 6:45 a.m. at the Haines Park, and forms are also available at the Baker County YMCA fitness center in Baker City. Proceeds from this race benefit the Baker High School cross country and track teams. For information, email Suzy Cole at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parade entries are asked to check in at 8:30 a.m., judging begins at 9 a.m. and the parade begins at 10 a.m.
This year, Richard and Nine Stevens will preside over the parade as grand marshal and queen. For information on entering the parade, call Barbara Wendt at 541-856-3571 or
Melissa Garner at 541-856-3350.
Art in the Park will be set up all day, and the pit barbecue — this year run by the North Powder FFA — is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The lawn beside the Haines Sell-Rite store will be busy with face painting and a dunk tank.
As for musical entertainment, Frank Carlson will set up in the gazebo to perform until 3 p.m., and then Dave Cole takes the stage to play until evening.
— Lisa Britton, Go! staff