Annual community event includes breakfast, live music, parade and firework show

Competitors will seek their inner hamster when they race inside human-size hamster balls during the 48th-annual Corbett Fun Fest on Independence Day, Wednesday, July 4.

Participants will maneuver inside an 8-foot-diameter ball on two guided paths, and midway through the courses the tracks intersect, said Matt Leamy, chairman of the Corbett Fun Fest.

"So if you're pretty evenly matched, you're going to go to the center of the race, and have to push through against someone," he said.

The racing is one of many enthralling activities at the annual Corbett Fun Festival, which is the community's annual Independence Day celebration. OUTLOOK FILE PHOTO - Children rush to grab candy from a fire truck during last years Fourth of July parade in Corbett.

"I love the community feel," Leamy said of the annual event. "Being we're out in unincorporated territory, it's the big event for the whole community. Everyone kind of gets to join together with music, food and fireworks at the end of the day."

The Fourth of July festivities will kick off with a Kiwanis Club all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. at the Corbett School District's grounds, 35800 E. Historic Columbia River Highway. The breakfast costs $6 for adults, $3 for children, and kids younger than 5 eat for free. All proceeds go to scholarships for Corbett High School seniors.

A cruise-in follows at 10 a.m., and the annual Fourth of July parade will traverse a three-mile route from Springdale to Corbett starting at 10:30 a.m.

The Historic Columbia River Highway from the Stark Street Bridge at the Sandy River and Corbett Hill Road of Interstate 84 will be closed starting at 9:30 a.m. The road will reopen after the parade. OUTLOOK FILE PHOTO - Kids use their ingenuity to score more candy from parade floats during last years Fourth of July parade in Corbett.

The parade's entries often include decorated tractors, horse teams and community floats. This year's theme is "Keeping Small Town Values Alive."

Chuck Rollins was named as the festival's grand marshal. He is president of the Crown Point Country Historical Society, and he was selected as grand marshal because of his contributions to the historical society.

The historical society broke ground earlier this year on the Crown Point Country Museum across the street from the Corbett Fire Station, 36930 Historic Columbia River Highway. OUTLOOK FILE PHOTO - A superhero float makes its way down the parade route for last years Fourth of July celebration in Corbett.

Once the museum is built, it will display the history of pioneers, explorers and indigenous people of East Multnomah County.

Beyond the processions

Following the parade, a variety a fun activities will take place back at the Fun Festival grounds at the Corbett School District, where the human hamster ball races will take place.

While the parade and cruise-in are free, it costs $10 for admission to the Fun Festival grounds, along with $5 to park.

In addition to the hamster ball races, attendees can play a life-size game of "Hungry, Hungry Hippos."

"You play one of the hippos, and bring balls back to your base just like the old kid's game," Leamy said.

A bungee cord will be attached to the "hippos," and the players will attempt to grab as many balls as possible.

"So, if you're going too far, it'll pull you back and your opponent will get it instead," Leamy said.

Other family-fun activities include an obstacle course, hover archery and waterslides. OUTLOOK FILE PHOTO - A tractor driver throws candy to parade watchers in Corbett during the annual Fourth of July parade last year.   6. Fireworks will cap off the day during the 48th annual Corbett Fun Fest on Wednesday, July 4.

If you're hungry from running around and participating in these activities, you could then try your hand at a pie-eating contest. One contest is for adults, and one for children.

"It's messy — and entertaining," Leamy said.

In addition to the interactive events, musicians will take the main stage at 1 p.m. The lineup of bands includes funk group Swatkins and The Positive Agenda, blues musician Ty Curtis, indie musician Bo Baskoro, singer-songwriter Hayley Lynn and classic rock and blues group the Stingrays.

The Corbett Fireworks Spectacular will cap off the day from 9:30 to 10 p.m.

The Corbett Fun Fest provides an alcohol-free, family-friendly alternative, Leamy said

"It's safe and fenced in. Families can come, and don't have to worry if their kids are wandering around," Leamy said. "You can just come and relax and have a fun day with the whole family."

For more information or to buy tickets, visit

If you go

What: Corbett Fun Fest from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on July 4.

When: 7 a.m. Kiwanis pancake breakfast; 10:30 a.m. cruise-in and parade; 1 p.m Fun Fest music and activities; 9:30 p.m. fireworks

Where: 35800 E. Historic Columbia River Highway, Corbett.

Cost: $10 for admission Fun Fest Grounds with $5 for parking; Parade is free.


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