AUGUST 12, 2010

Virginia (Ginny) and Otto Wise happily serve as the 2010 Grand Marshals in the Weippe Wild Rodeo parade set for Aug. 21-22. The couple worked with the Weippe Rodeo for many years volunteering in several capacities before moving to Reno, NV to be closer to their family. They feel proud and honored to be this year’s Grand Marshals.

Pictured is Otto Wise, driving his 1938 McCormick Deering tractor with iron wheels. He has enjoyed displaying this tractor in several parades such as the Weippe Wild Rodeo and Pierce 1860 Days parades.

Ginny and Otto Wise serve as Weippe Rodeo Grand Marshals

By Alannah Allbrett

   Virginia (Ginny) and Otto Wise say they were really surprised and honored when they heard the news that they were selected as this year’s Grand Marshals to the Wild Weippe Rodeo where they served for so many years. The parade is Saturday, Aug. 21 and the rodeo is set for Aug. 21-22.

   The couple married in San Bruno, CA. In 1956, Otto got his draft papers along with their Christmas cards that year. They went to Ford Ord and Camp Roberts. Otto, later, worked as a mechanic and supervisor for Buzz Haskins Equipment Company for over 35 years. In 1988, Otto retired, and they purchased a home in Weippe where Otto could do what he loved most – hunt!

   The Wises joined the Weippe Rodeo and met some of the “nicest, most hardworking people in the world” they said.

   Ginny served as the Treasurer for seven years, and Otto liked to work the front gate helping the contestants enter the arena at the right place and time. Otto also handled maintenance of the rodeo ground, as they lived close by during their 18 years as Weippe residents.

   Ginny says even though Otto retired, he managed to fix everyone’s tractors over the years. He was proud to drive his 1938 McCormick Deering, with iron wheels, each year in the Weippe parade and also in Pierce’s 1860 Days.

   The couple has three children, Tim, Alicia, and Jeff. And they moved to Reno, NV four years ago so that they could be closer to their grandchildren. Each of their children has a boy and girl, so they enjoy six grandchildren.

   The thing they miss the most about Weippe, they said, are the people. “They are all so nice,” said Ginny. “They are like family.”