by: LINDSAY KEEFER - Tom McCain, this year's grand marshal, stands by his 1957 Chevy, which he will likely ride in during the parade July 19.Tom McCain, longtime resident and former mayor of Hubbard, has driven the grand marshal in one of his classic cars every year of the Hop Festival except for one. Now is his turn to find someone to drive him, as he’s been named the 41st Hop Festival Parade’s grand marshal.

“It hasn’t sunk in yet,” he admitted. “I don’t think I deserve it. There are a lot of people who deserve it more than me.”

But Hubbard Fire District volunteers said they thought the honor was overdue.

“He is a cornerstone of the Hubbard community, past mayor, business owner and past volunteer firefighter with Hubbard Fire District,” said Steven McDermott, assistant fire chief. “It is our pleasure to welcome him as this year’s Hop Festival grand marshal.”

McCain, 79, and his wife, Gail, moved to town 38 years ago to take over the Shell gas station in Hubbard.

“Back then it was country down here and I didn’t want to go to the country,” he said. “But I came down here and I liked it.”

Now, he not only owns the Shell station, but also McCain Towing and Burger Hut next door, which is run by his wife and daughter. All three businesses have been largely family-run, with all eight of his children having worked for him, along with some of his 29 grandchildren. It’s likely his 43 great-grandchildren will be helping out soon, too.

“I just treat people the way I like to be treated and try to give them all the service that I can,” he said about how he’s been able to stay in business all this time.

When his businesses aren’t taking up his time — “I work 12 to 14 hours every day, and when we get tow calls at nighttime, I go out” — he’s been a volunteer for the community.

McCain served as a volunteer firefighter for nine years, has served on the budget committees for the city and the North Marion School District and served as mayor for six nonconsecutive years.

For fun, McCain, who has always been a mechanic, takes his classic cars to car shows as far away as Reno, Nevada. His three classic convertibles — a 1957 Chevy, a 1949 Ford and a 1950 Mercury — lead the Hop Festival parade every year. This year, he thinks he’ll probably ride in the Chevy.

“I’ve hauled the grand marshal in every parade, even Marion Carl, the World War II flying ace,” he recalled. “At the time (Hop Festival) started, I was the only one around who had a convertible.”

Although Hubbard has grown since he moved there 38 years ago, McCain still loves his town and is honored to represent it in the parade.

“It’s just a nice little town,” he said. “There’s no other place I can think of that’s better, and I think if you can’t better yourself, then you better stay where you’re at.”

41st Hubbard Hop Festival Parade

  • Registration begins at 8 a.m. at the corner of Third Street and Moonbeam Court
  • Parade starts at 10 a.m. on Third Street near Moonbeam Court, turns right on J Street, right on Fifth Street, and ends at Rivenes Park
  • Theme: “Celebrate your favorite superheroes” (prizes awarded)
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