ADAMS - The home of Doug and Heather Corey was the scene of the official announcement party for the 2008 Pendleton Round-Up court. The queen, Lacey Mayberry of Touchet, Wash., was joined by her princesses Hailey Davis of Hermiston, Kathryn Hixson of Pendleton, Katie Partlow of Portland and Cheyenne Williams of Athena.
The party, which begins the season for the new court, is also hosted by George and Joan Corey, Steve and Susan Corey and Dr. Tom and Ellyn Weeks.
Mary Bonifer, who has been designing the Round-Up court's leathers for more than 10 years, measured the young women and showed them samples of the colors they will wear. The royalty also saw the colors for their wool outfits from Pendleton Woolen Mills, and left today for fittings at PWM in Portland. The colors will be officially unveiled at the introduction party held in March.
The gifts received by the queen and princesses included turquoise and silver chandelier earrings from 2007 Round-Up Queen Whitney White of Walla Walla; embroidered and embellished denim jackets from Round-Up President Butch Thurman and his wife Vicky Thurman; the official Round-Up earrings from the hosts; hand-crafted necklaces from Larry Williams, court director, and his wife Julie Rugg Williams, court chaperone; and official name badges from Bob and Carol Ewen, George and Peggy Clough, Troy and Rosselle LeGore, Donna and Paul Green, and Marv and Linda Anderson.
Round-Up Publicity Director Mike Thorne and his wife, Jill Thorne, presented the fathers of the court members with caps and the mothers with coffee mugs.
"I'm told the fathers do the work while the mothers drink coffee and tell them what to do," Mike Thorne said.
The announcement party was a tradition that was started by Glenn and Margaret Thorne many years ago. The Corey family took over the event in 1992.