It may not have lavish floats and big marching bands but Warrenton's Fourth of July parade is the centerpiece event in a celebration popular with spectators lining the streets in old town every year and with the many local participants who take it as an opportunity to express their pride in the town. This year the Warrenton Business Association was looking for something new to add that would naturally fit the small town feel of the event. Spokesperson Cindy Yingst tells KAST news that a classic auto show and kids' activities will be added to this year's annual Old Fashioned Fourth of July celebration.
"We want to celebrate all the classics – classic cars, classic music, classic motorcycles," parade organizer Cindy Yingst said. "I think people naturally feel nostalgic about the Fourth of July. They remember the great picnics, parades and family get-togethers of their youth. And that's what we want to help re-create." Each year the Association comes up with a theme to inspire entrants. "Rolling on the River" is the 2013 parade theme.
Classic cars, motorcycles and trucks will be displayed during the same hours and within walking distance of the Warrenton Firefighters Association's annual community barbecue at the downtown fire station. There also will be space for a limited number of vendors and small booths with activities for children.
The parade will make its way down Main Avenue at 3 p.m.
"We want to give families lots to do while they're waiting for the parade to begin and a reason to stay in Warrenton," said Melody Dufton, who is organizing the vehicle show. "Warrenton is the place for family friendly activities."
Parade and vehicle show applications will be available soon at City Hall and various businesses.
For more information, contact Yingst at 503-861-7447 or Dufton at 503-895-1391.
Other members of the Old Fashioned Fourth of July committee are Mike Moha, Diana Morimoto, D.B. Lewis, Ryan Steffner and Hannah Bunnell.