Photo by Don Nelson The junior royalty court for the ’ 49er Days celebration — from left, princess Courtney Smith, princess Mollie Houser, king Chase Vander Yacht and queen McKenna Barnes — visited the Winthrop Chamber of Commerce meeting last week.

Photo by Don Nelson

The junior royalty court for the ’ 49er Days celebration — from left, princess Courtney Smith, princess Mollie Houser, king Chase Vander Yacht and queen McKenna Barnes — visited the Winthrop Chamber of Commerce meeting last week.

It’s not too soon to start making plans for Winthrop’s 71st annual ’49er Days events, a celebration of the town’s Western heritage, that runs from May 6–8.

Friday (May 6) begins with the arrival of the Washington Outfitters and Guides Association’s annual Ride to Rendezvous wagon train in downtown Winthrop around noon. That evening, ’49er Days royalty will be honored at the Winthrop Barn: Grand Lady Lauralee Northcott and Grand Marshal Clayton Northcott, along with junior royalty queen McKenna Barnes, king Chase Vander Yacht and princesses Courtney Smith and Mollie Houser.

Saturday begins with the West Coast Country Heat line dancers at 10:30 a.m., followed by annual parade down Riverside Avenue at 11 a.m. Other events such as outfitter display camps, packing demonstrations and live music, will continue throughout the afternoon at Mack Lloyd Park, and food will be available at several venues. A dance at the barn closes out the day.

The weekend finishes with a cowboy breakfast in the park and packing competition on Sunday morning. All the events are free. For more information, visit www.winthropwashington.com or www.woga.org.