Corbett takes to the road
American flags, classic cars and candy — lots and lots of candy — traveled down the Historic Columbia River Highway on Independence Day for the 48th-annual Corbett Fun Fest Cruise-in and Parade.
The parade follows a three-mile path along the winding highway from Springdale to Corbett.
Many children lined the street holding buckets to collect the sweets like it was Halloween.
Cade Holwege, 9, had a candy-collection bin at the ready. He yelled "Happy Fourth!" to everyone who passed by on the parade route, which may have been part of his strategy to snag more treats.
Cade's mom Angie Holwege said they have been coming to the Corbett Fun Fest since Cade was a
She was drawn to the festival when she lived in Troutdale, and now they live a couple of blocks away from the parade route near Springdale.
"I really love all the old cars," she said.
A large portion of her extended family comes to visit for the festival, and Cade said his favorite part of the event is coming to see his cousins.
As for his bucket, it was filled by the time the parade ended.
More than candy and cars
Erin Kerns and Caleb Green, who plan to get married on July 7, were watching the parade when their friends walked by in a parade entry celebrating the couple's upcoming nuptials. So from there Kerns and Green walked in the parade instead of simply observing it.
Mary Masla helped organize the unexpected parade entry and gave Kerns a veil to wear during the parade. Masla said they fooled the couple by texting Kerns that they were late, when they actually were participating in the festivities.
Following the parade, a variety of activities took place back at the Fun Festival grounds at the Corbett School District, including a life-size game of Hungry, Hungry Hippos played in a bouncy house.
The celebration ended with fireworks in the evening at the grounds.