From the street dance Friday night to the annual cruise-in Saturday, there was plenty of joy to be found

An overnight sprinkle and cloudy skies early couldn't take the shine out of this year's Big Weekend activities, including the Cutsforth's Cruise-in. Eventually, the Saturday skies lightened, the clouds broke up and the streets around Wait Park filled with people.

After two years at the fairgrounds, the cruise-in returned to Canby's downtown around Wait Park, filling streets with gleaming classic cars and people who wandered among them.

For some, it was another welcome return to normalcy.

PMG PHOTO: JOHN BAKER - A couple guys check out the engine on this classic car during Saturday's Cutsforth's Cruise-in in downtown Canby.

"You know, I didn't mind the cruise-in being at the fairgrounds, but having it back downtown just seems right," Canby resident Nigel Frost said. "Here, around the park, seems normal. It seems like there have been events every weekend in Canby this summer and this is a nice capper to a very active and fun summer. Look at these cars, just beautiful to be around."

And that seemed to be the general vibe as folks wandered around Canby's downtown to enjoy booths, cars and assorted fun.

"I love seeing these cars. It takes me back to the cars my parents had and then I had in my youth," said Oregon City's Elizabeth Johnson, who was attending Saturday with her husband, John. "My husband will get his fill of checking out the cars, and I'll be full working my way through the food and farmers market. So happy to be here enjoying the Big Weekend atmosphere."

PMG PHOTO: JOHN BAKER - Classic cars lined the streets downtown during the Cutsforth's Cruise-in.

The weekend got off to a fun and musical start Friday night during the Big Night Out Street Dance, the annual kickoff to the weekend's festivities.

And as the night got rolling, it seemed a nice chunk of Canby came out to say goodbye to summer and hello to friends and family.

"This is one event I look forward to every year," Canby's Emily Sifuentez said. "I like to bring the family to listen to the music, eat plenty of food and see people having such a good time. It's kind of that last shot of summertime joy before the grind of school kicks in for the family."

Food vendors, bouncy houses, a mechanical bull and music to dance to were just part of the action during a Friday night that seemed to be filled with joy. For some, the scene of so much stuff going on was actually a way to relax.

PMG PHOTO: JOHN BAKER - With the band ready, the Colors set to be honored, Friday night's Big Night Out Street Dance was ready to roll in downtown Canby.

"Oh, I have been coming since the first one and I just grab a drink, find something to eat, and just chill out," Rebecca Standifer said. "The street dance, for me, is just such a perfect way to end the summer, and it gives me a real chance to kind of kick back, people watch and sort of let the stresses of the last few months melt away. I love it."

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