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Gresham residents put on patriotic tractor parade along Jackson Road for the holiday

COURTESY PHOTO: KATHY OBRIST - Families cruised along Jackson Road in their tractors to celebrate the Fourth of July. It was a sight to behold — 40 lawn mower tractors cruising along Jackson Road in Gresham with flags and patriotic decorations to celebrate the Fourth of July.

COURTESY PHOTO: KATHY OBRIST - About 40 people joined the parade Saturday, July 4. The impromptu celebration marked a fun way to spend Saturday morning, July 4, as many regional gatherings had to be shuttered due to COVID-19 concerns. But a group of neighbors rallied and revved their way along Jackson Road from Southeast 302nd Avenue to Southeast Pleasant Home Road. About 60 people lined the roadway, following proper social distancing, to watch and cheer as they passed by.

"Our area is distinctive in that people don't move often — there is a sense of community here," said Kathy Obrist, who was one of the spectators during the tractor parade. "It was such a great event."

COURTESY PHOTO: KATHY OBRIST - The tractor parade in Gresham came as many other regional events were canceled because of COVID-19 concerns.

COURTESY PHOTO: KATHY OBRIST - For the neighbors it was a fun way to celebrate their community and the holiday.


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