Rolling out a hop festival
As the post-parade Hop Festival activities warmed up in Hubbard's Rivenes Park Saturday, Earl Doman of Woodburn waited to refuel.
The festival's parade route tapped out Earl's recently-purchased, pink 1958 Lincoln Premiere.
A lifelong collector of classic autos, Earl recently added the Lincoln to his roughly 40-strong fleet, and he's learning about some it's quirks -- like a sketchy fuel gauge. He used a dipstick earlier in the day to check the gas level, but he suspects the fuel-pump feed dries up before the tank's entirely empty.
About half the classic cruisers brought up the rear portion of the procession, and the tail-finned Lincoln was a sharp addition to that number. The parade nudged, piece by piece, into its rhythm, public safety and working rigs, kiddie cars, cycles, mixed floats, spirited rally girls, rodeo gals on horseback, scatterings of candy and even entries clad as toothbrushes and toothpaste aimed at minimizing the candied decay.
But idling through the backside of that motley assortment, the Premiere burned enough gas that roughly a third of the way en route it was down to fumes, and pulled out of the parade – or more accurately, was pushed.
Earl, 81, had two vehicles in the show, and fortunately he also had a healthy brood of grand kids on board.
"Me and Trevor here, we went right out there and pushed," Ethan Doman piped up from the backseat. "My dad said we have to be ready."
"Dad," Earl's son Tyler Doman of Newberg, was cruising Earl's other car in the procession, a white 1960 1600 Porsche convertible that finished the circular route without a hitch.
Along with Ethan and Trevor were grand kids Cade, Braden and Cambria. All evinced a spark of energy from the ordeal, though Cambria's enthusiasm appeared a tad subdued.
As the family waited for gas, they had a front seat view of the park, which perked up with tykes taking on playground equipment, bounce houses, a gushing splash pad and a firefighter perched in a dunk tank teasing all taking turns at tossing a drenching strike.
Beyond that busy corner of the park, Hubbard Fire District's volunteers heated up hearty eats as the connecting fenced beer garden slowly came to life.
Families filtered into the park, some with a tethered pet in tow and others carrying plated vittles to nosh on at evergreen-shaded picnic tables.
More than a dozen booths opened up on the 5th Street side of the park, lining the street between D and F streets and offering everything from hand-crafted jewelry to fresh-baked bread to information about the workings of Hubbard Public Works.
When the 44th annual festival experienced a hiatus a couple of years ago, many residents stepped up and planners vowed not to see that happen again. The throngs of parade watchers and the flood of residents pouring into the mid-town park area lent a glimpse at why – it's a popular event.
Organizers also expressed a desire to grow the event's fledgling car-show element, which exhibited a few more than a handful of classics lined along 4th Street, a stone's throw from the Doman family.
Earl might know a thing or two about growing a car show. The long-time Woodburn-area CPA normally has a classic in the Hop Fest parade, including a 1924 Star last year. He shared some thoughts about one of his longest-held classics, a 1962 356C Porsche.
"It has 375,000 miles on it," he said. "I've driven it since I was 22, and I've never had to do anything to the engine but adjust the valves."
"It's pretty cool," Ethan agreed, but added that Earl's older set, like the 1924 Star, are his favorites.
It's not clear where the Lincoln Premiere will rank among the mix, but it will carry one thing – a unique family memory taken from the 44th Annual Hubbard Hop Festival.
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