A local business leader has been named grand marshal of Warrenton's Old Fashioned Fourth of July Parade. The theme for 2014 is "Small Town, Big Heart." Don Patterson, who owns three mini-marts in Astoria and Warrenton, is an active member of the community, volunteering and contributing to various civic, youth and sports activities.
Don and his wife, Renay, helped found the Warrenton Hall of Fame, he has served on Warrenton's Budget Committee, the Warrenton Business Association board, the Warrenton Kids Inc. board and they have served as chaperones for Astoria Regatta. Each year, their business provides scholarships to graduating Warrenton High School seniors.
Patterson was president of the Astoria-Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce in the mid-1990s and received the Richard Ford Distinguished Service Award from the Chamber in 2006.
"Don personifies altruistic small-business ownership and community leadership," said Cindy Yingst, parade director. "He's part of Warrenton's 'big heart.'"
Independence Day 2014 in Warrenton
KIDS' DECORATED BIKE SHOW: Children are invited to bring their bikes to the gravel lot next to the fire station from noon to 3 p.m. Parade staff will be on hand to help children decorate their bikes and to lead them into the parade at 3 p.m. Some decoration items will be available or bring your own. Parents are welcome to participate.
CLASSIC CAR SHOW: Set for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Robinson Community Park behind Warrenton City Hall. It is open to all classic vehicles, with trophies for the top three.
MOTORCYCLE SHOW: Set for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Robinson Community Park in Warrenton. All motorcyclists are invited and will have the opportunity to bring up the rear of the Warrenton parade.
COMMUNITY BARBECUE: The Warrenton Firefighters Association sponsors this annual free hot dog and hamburger feast from noon to 3 p.m. at the fire station, 225 S. Main Ave.
DRESSED-UP PETS: Clatsop Animal Assistance will show off available pets from local shelters and walk them in the parade. In addition, residents are urged to dress up their dogs, cats, iguanas and other pets for a special walk to remember down Main Street.
For more information, contact Cindy Yingst at 503-861-7447, Melody Dufton at 503-895-1391, or committee members Mike Moha, Karen Williams, Pam Morimoto, Diana Morimoto, Andi Garcia and D.B. Lewis.