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Tractors, horses, antique cars traverse Independence Day parade route during the annual Fun Fest.

OUTLOOK PHOTO: MATT DEBOW - Dan Graff throws candy to parade watchers while driving a tractor on the parade on Wednesday, July 4. 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.OUTLOOK PHOTO: MATT DEBOW - Cade Holwege runs to collect candy during the Corbett Fun Fest Parade on Wednesday July 4. Cade has attended the annual Independence Day celebration in Corbett since he was a baby.

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

baby. OUTLOOK PHOTO: MATT DEBOW - Hailey De Leon, 11, far right, wishes passing floats a 'Happy Fourth,' while holding out a bucket asking for candy during the Corbett Fun Fest Parade on July 4, while Ella Holwege, 11, waves at passing parade entries.

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. OUTLOOK PHOTO: MATT DEBOW - Kids play a game of life-size Hungry, Hungry Hippos at the Corbett Fun Fest grounds following the parade on Wednesday, July 4.

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. OUTLOOK PHOTO: MATT DEBOW - A float, from Whites Country Meats, decorated with American imagery, makes it way down the route for the Corbett Fun Fest Parade on July 4.

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.OUTLOOK PHOTO: MATT DEBOW - Couple Erin Kerns and Caleb Green, center, were surprised by this float celebrating their engagement during the during the Corbett Fun Fest Parade on July 4. Kerns and Green plan on getting married on Saturday, July 7.

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. OUTLOOK PHOTO: MATT DEBOW - An antique car makes its way down the route for the Corbett Fun Fest Parade on July 4.OUTLOOK PHOTO: MATT DEBOW - An old fire engine travels down the route for the annual Corbett Fun Fest Parade on July 4. A sign draped to the side of the truck reads, Thank you Eagle Creek Firefighters — Heroes to Our Hometown.   OUTLOOK PHOTO: MATT DEBOW - The Eastside Theater Company acts out a pirate-themed scene during the Corbett Fun Fest Parade on July 4.   OUTLOOK PHOTO: MATT DEBOW - Kids ride their bikes through the parade for the Corbett Fun Fest Parade on Wednesday, July 4.OUTLOOK PHOTO: MATT DEBOW - A decorated fire truck travels down the parade route for the annual Corbett Fun Fest Parade on July 4.  OUTLOOK PHOTO: MATT DEBOW - A fire engine from the Corbett Fire District closes the parade on Wednesday, July, 4. OUTLOOK PHOTO: MATT DEBOW - Corbett Fun Fest Parade on Wednesday July 4.

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