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Main Street (and candy) stole the July 4 show

Lewis & Clark Fire Department, candy bags stuffed to the brim, pass out treats to kids along the route. (Cindy Yingst)
By Cindy Yingst, Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Warrenton’s Fourth of July Parade theme was “Main Street USA” and the patriotic array of Americana strutting its way down the city’s main drag did not disappoint.

There were cool cars, rumbling motorcycles, kids on decorated bicycles, service members, clowns, athletes, Boy Scouts, dressed-up pets and candy. Lots and lots of candy.

“It was a fun day the entire day,” said Mike Moha, coordinator of Warrenton’s Old-Fashioned Fourth of July event. “It looked like everyone had a fun time at the parade and it is always great to see people enjoying the barbecue at the firehouse. It was another great Fourth of July in Warrenton!”

More than 100 entries participated in the parade, which was sponsored by the City of Warrenton and the Warrenton Business Association.

Earlier in the day, 40 vehicles – some polished to perfection and others showing their age – parked at the park with a couple dozen motorcycles from North Coast ABATE, each showing off what’s classy in our region of the world.

Thousands of people visited the park to see the cars and hear the band, Soul Progression, ate hot dogs and burgers courtesy of Warrenton Volunteer Firefighters Association and lined Main Avenue for the main event.

“I love doing this and being part of the community,” said Melody Dufton, car show director. Some who showed off their cars came to honor Dufton’s grandson, Jake Wright, who died in a car accident four years ago.

Ramsay Likens, 7, of Long Beach was thrilled to see the decorated cars, some of them in “cool shapes” he hadn’t seen before.

“I love looking at the cars and the different varieties,” said Ramsay’s mom, Darby Rochette, who owns a 1968 Volkswagen Beetle that’s painted like a ladybug. Later, she drove the car in the parade, escorting Clatsop County Commissioners Kathleen Sullivan and Mark Kujala.

Passengers on the Big River Excavating entry spot friends in the crowd. (Cindy Yingst)

Passengers on the Big River Excavating entry spot friends in the crowd. (Cindy Yingst)

A literacy group gives books -- and joy -- to children watching the parade. (Cindy Yingst)

A literacy group gives books -- and joy -- to children watching the parade. (Cindy Yingst)

Janet and Len Mossman show off their 1955 Airstream trailer at the car show. (Cindy Yingst)

Sen. Betsy Johnson throws candy to the crowd. (Cindy Yingst)

County Commissioner Mark Kujala (Cindy Yingst)

Sofia Morrill rides in the back of the Scandinavian Midsummer Festival's float. The Warrenton High School graduate was named festival queen. (Cindy Yingst)

Miss Clatsop County Ranisha Speed (Cindy Yingst)

Miss Outstanding Teen Lilly Boothe (Cindy Yingst)


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