At the Queens' Tea

Carol Greer Gadaire, left, and JoAnn King share a smile during the Queens’ Tea on Wednesday at Upper Crust & Waterside Terrace bakery in Weston. The event honored King, the current queen of the 127th Umatilla County Pioneer Days celebration, as well as former queens of the event. The Pioneer Days celebration gets underway this weekend in Weston.

WESTON — An elegant afternoon tea Wednesday helped usher in the start of this year’s Umatilla County Pioneer Days celebration.

Nine current and former queens of the event were treated to tea and goodies during the Queens’ Tea at Upper Crust & Waterside Terrace bakery. The pioneer days celebration will continue Saturday.

JoAnn King, who is this year’s queen, shared a table with Carol Greer Gadaire, Jane Ferguson and Shirley Wait while being waited on by bakery co-owner Pam Giger.

“To be a queen, you have to have a connection with the pioneer families,” Giger said about the qualifications for the title, which all of the women present that afternoon shared.

The pioneer days celebration, which is marking its 127th anniversary this year, will get underway Friday at 6:30 p.m. in Weston Memorial Hall with the coronation of the queen and introduction to the Grand Marshal.

The main events happen Saturday, beginning at 6 a.m. Saturday with a Fireman’s Breakfast at Elliot Park, followed at 10 a.m. with a parade down Water Street. A special parade just for kids happens right before that, at 9:45 a.m. After the parade, the third annual car show will take place on Main Street.

Activities will then shift to the park at 11 a.m., where entertainment, vendors and children’s games will be staged.

And there’s an Alumni Dinner on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at Weston Memorial Hall.

Saturday will also mark a milestone for Giger and her partner, Tim Hughes, who will celebrate their first year in business since starting the bakery at 106 Main St. in Weston.

Andy Porter can be reached at or 526-8318.

Andy Porter has been with the Union-Bulletin since October 2000. His beats include Walla Walla County, city of College Place, Washington State Penitentiary, agriculture, environment as well as a wide range of general assignment topics.

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