The theme of this year's Old Time Parade fairs was 'all aboard the reading railroad.'Spectators lined both sides of Willamette Drive July 19, eagerly awaiting the start of the Old Time Fair parade.

When the floats finally appeared, younger attendees inched their way to the side of the road to ensure they would get their fair share of the candy being tossed by parade participants.

For many, the mad scramble to the lollipops and Jolly Ranchers was the best part of the parade.

In honor of the 75th anniversary of the West Linn Public Library, the parade theme this year was “All Aboard the Reading Railroad.” Present and former librarians marched down the street as the grand marshals.

There were several children’s book-inspired floats, ranging from a large Dr. Seuss float with kids dressed as book characters to a girl in a Charlotte’s Web themed wagon pulled by her father.

“My favorite part was the fire trucks. I want to be a fireman,” said Brayden Walters, who along with sisters Jillian and Kaitlyn, also enjoyed the candy and baloons they received.

Aviana Palaoro, 10, was among the dancers from Maralee’s Dance studio who performed in the parade.

“It was fun, but really hot,” Aviana said. “I liked the beginning of the parade because there were a lot of people there.”

Sydney Brown, 10, came to support Palaoro in the parade. They have been friends half their lives.

After the parade, Aviana and Sydney were ready for some thrills: “I like the ‘eruption’ ride,” Sydney said, as she and Aviana lined up at the ticket booth.

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