Annual parade is free entertainment; just bring chair, camera, hat and water

by: POST FILE PHOTO: - Among many types of entries in the 2012 Sandy Mountain Festival Parade were these decorated tractors. The parade, which begins Thursday at 7 p.m., includes floats and many types of vehicles - some powered by engines, some by people. The parade also includes Festival Queen Patricia Schmautz and her court.Excitement continues to grow in Sandy as the time has arrived for the city’s big week.

During this week in mid-July every year, thousands of people watch a festive parade (or walk or ride in it), listen to music concerts, eat delicious food, (children) show off their rehearsed talents, find a carnival ride they enjoy, visit with hundreds of artists, purchase art objects and join several kid-oriented activities.

The week includes the main activities of the Sandy Mountain Festival along with its parade and carnival and several kids’ competitive activities as well as the Music Fair and Feast, organized by the Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce.

“There are so many things for families to do in town during the week,” said Parade Director Steve Brown. “On Thursday, for example, there’s the kids’ bike derby, the festival parade, a carnival and Family Night at the Music Fair and Feast.”

Festival parade

The Sandy Mountain Festival Parade, presented by Clackamas County Bank, will have a myriad of entries, including floats, cars, trucks, horses, wagons, dogs, children and a grand marshal entry as well as a festival queen and the five-generation court, all riding in Corvettes donated for use by Suburban Chevrolet.

Here’s fair warning: Anyone who doesn’t have a chair firmly attached curbside along Pioneer Boulevard is likely going to stand throughout the parade behind those with chairs.

Grand Marshal is the state champion Sandy High School girls’ varsity softball team, whose members say their entry into the athletic history books was timed perfectly for the parade theme: “Hometown USA.”

Brown said the theme reflects the country’s roots in small-town America.

While the parade is of interest to nearly everyone, many of the other activities of the week are designed for people with differing and specific interests.

“The Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce and its Music Fair and Feast just enhance what we do at the festival,” Brown said. “The chamber’s activities and the festival’s are really planned for two different audiences, so they don’t compete with one another.”


For more information, visit the festival website at

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