Downtown Troutdale welcomes SummerFest parade
Martial arts demonstrations, classic cars and area politicians made their way through downtown Troutdale during the 47th-annual SummerFest parade on a clear and sunny Saturday morning, July 20.
The event — organized by the West Columbia Gorge Chamber of Commerce — started with a float featuring the 2019 Youth Citizen of the Year Jacob Teeny, a Reynolds High School graduate.
"This is great," Teeny said while riding in a convertible Corvette. "I've never experienced anything like this. It's great especially with the weather."
He was selected Youth Citizen of the Year award because of his extensive volunteering during his high school career.
He was followed by Troutdale Citizen of the Year John Leamy, who also cruised the route in a Corvette convertible.
Leamy was selected as citizen of the year for serving on boards since the 1970s helping to organize events in Troutdale and Corbett.
Troutdale Historical Society member Sharon Nesbit, who emceed the parade, noted Leamy isn't recognized often for his efforts.
Nesbit was last year's Troutdale Citizen of the Year.
"John (Leamy) is always in the background, and now he's up front," Nesbit said.
The U.S. World Class Taekwondo gym performed martial arts demonstration mock fighting with weapons and breaking wood boards with their feet.
The gym was led this year by the 2019 Gresham Outlook Reader's Choice Athlete of the year Michelle Ortiz.
"That was a great show," Nesbit said as the group was cleaning up after themselves. "And look at that, they're even picking up after their litter."
Before the parade began, children (and a few adults) decorated the closed-off street with chalk adding flair to the route as the parade participants traversed the path.
Following the parade, the celebration headed to Glenn Otto Community Park, 1102 E. Historic Columbia River Highway, where there were pony rides from Wish Upon a Pony, live music and bounce houses.
While watching the parade was free, kids activities at the park cost money, and cost $5 for a wrist band to take part.
This year a portion of proceeds raised from event admission and SummerFest parade sponsorships will be donated to the Multnomah County Animal Shelter.
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