Photo by Patrick L. Myers Mexico within the Heart makes a colorful display during the annual Eggs Days Parade in Winlock.
The 2015 Winock Egg Days was held over the weekend of Friday, June 19.
People came out to enjoy the parade that kicked off the festival, and the weather couldn't have been better for the occasion. It was a sunny day and fun was had by all.
Winlock has celebrated their heritage as an egg and poultry producing town since 1921, and the actual industry can be traced back to 1887, when a Mr. Waine began selling eggs to railroad crews that came through the town.
The town only started celebrating Egg royalty in 1937, when they crowned Olive Saari, and had a brief pause in celebration from 1943 to 1946 due to World War II.
This Egg Day was sponsored by the Winlock Lions Club, who also run the local food bank. The Lions Club took donations of both cash and non-perishable food items and those that donated got a chance to win a door prize. Half of the cash donations go back to the Lions Club to be spent in programs and opportunities for the youth around the area, and the other half goes to the Egg Days fund to be used in the following year's Egg Days. The non-perishable food items go to the food bank.
The coronation of the Egg royalty was held on Friday, where they crowned Darian Willis 2015 Egg Queen. On Saturday they kicked the day off with breakfast at the Community Building, and held the parade at 11am. They also had a few cakewalks; there was a hot rod show, and a book sale as well as several vendors. To tie Saturday up they came back from all of the festivities for the Lion Club's street dance with music provided by the Lewis County local band Backfire.
Sunday, the festivities started to fizzle out, but Egg Days was not over quite yet, they held an Annual Dog and Owner Fashion Show in the elementary school gym with vendors and more activities. To see more about the annual event on Facebook look up Winlock Egg Days.
Winlock Egg Day Parade Winners
Best of Division- #36 Toledo Cheese Days
Best of Division Commercial- #20 Shaker Town
Best of Dicision Commercial- #30 Valley View
Best of Division Royalty Car- #8 Miss Lewis County
Best of Division Other car- #41A
Best of Division Commercial Specialty Car- Jakes Fireworks
Sweep Stakes Trophy, overall best- #21 Winlock Bus
Mayor's Trophy- #39 1954 Fire Truck
Queen's choice- #21 Miss Yard's Bird
Best Use of Theme- #42 Winlock Students
Best of Division: School Band- #9 Winlock HS
Best of Division: Adult marching- #10 American Legion Bond
Best of Division: Government- #15 Government and County Commissioners
Best of Division: Classic- #13 Class of 65 Reunion
Best of Division: Custom- #29 Buggy Joe Kalista
Best of Division: Antique- #23 Cowlitz Valley
Best of Division: Civic Float- #11 Little Miss Friendly
Best of Division: Equestrian Royalty- #11A SWW Rodeo Queen