Annual Fun Fest continues Saturday, with live music and entertainment

by: OUTLOOK PHOTO: LAURA KNUDSON - Those riding in the parade, enjoyed the sunny skies and warm temperatures, visiting with the crowd on their way by.

Pinwheels twirled red, white and blue while horns beeped and candy flew during the car cruise parade that kicked off the 2014 Corbett Fun Fest.

It was Suzanne Johnson’s second time attending fun fest and this time she brought her two-year-old granddaughter.

“Next year I’ll drag the whole family out,” she said. “I love the Americana, the spirit and the festival. I think it’s important to celebrate our freedom and community. by: OUTLOOK PHOTO: LAURA KNUDSON - Suzanne Johnson had attended the fun fest before, but this year, she brought her two-year-old granddaughter, who waved as the parade passed by and quickly caught on to picking up candy.

The parade, featuring old cars, fire trucks and various floats, followed part of the Historic Columbia River Highway, ending at Corbett Middle School where festivities continued complete with vendors, live music, water games, a mechanical bull ride and pie eating contest.

Festival goers lounged on blankets near the stage swaying to performances that featured Erik Wright and his Band of Happy Beggars and Evan Bethany from San Diego who gave a solo performance on guitar and vocals. Lace and Lead got the crows moving while singing covers of country songs.

Kaleb Wright, 16, joined his dad and uncle on stage, playing base for the Happy Beggars. “It was lots of fun playing with my family and friends,” he said. Wright, who is from Troutdale, said it wasn’t very nerve racking since they’ve done it quite a few times. “It was fun to just rock out,” he said.

by: OUTLOOK PHOTO: LAURA KNUDSON - Maddox Leith-Ross strapped into a harness to try to monkey bounce at the Corbett Fun Fest. The eight-year-old did a series of back flips and was anxious to try again, even though the experience made him dizzy.

Events Unlimited, an event production company based in Portland, provided some of the main attractions.

Tia Kendall, 10, said the monkey bounce was her favorite. Drawing a large crowd, this inflatable game held participants in a harness allowing them to perform front flips and back flips. “It felt like you were flying,” Kendall said. After 8 back flips in a row, Maddox Leith-Ross, 8, said “I got a bit dizzy,” But he was eager to go again.

One popular popcorn vendor returned to the festival for their fourth year.

Named after their daughter Hannah, Miss Hannahs Gourmet Popcorn is a family business run by Mike and Linda Jodoin.

After a few years of selling kettle corn, Jodoin said, “We needed to do something different than everybody else.” Straying from the traditional kettle corn, they offer more than 12 unique flavors that include garlic peppercorn, kettle corn and strawberry balsamic. Bags sold for around $5.50 and are available at their online store.

Amy Ciecko attended the festival with her family for the third year in a row. “It’s a wonderful beautiful day with great events for the family to play,” she said. Ciecko loves the “sense of community” and said her kids really enjoyed themselves. by: OUTLOOK PHOTO: LAURA KNUDSON - Youngsters along the parade route collected candy from the passing cars and entries.

Festivities continue through the evening with more live music, games and a fireworks show.

Corbett Fun Fest continues Saturday, with gates opening at 4 p.m. Wristband ticket price is $10 per person and can be purchased at the main gate.

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