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SummerFest sizzles

Children particularly enjoy Turkey Creek Desperado's bank robbery enactment
by: John Klicker, Tom “Turkey Creek” Mannen fires a double-barreled shotgun at outlaws who robbed the bank and were getting away with the loot as the old west entertainers kicked off the Troutdale Parade with a shootout on Saturday, July 15, in downtown Troutdale.

TROUTDALE - The city's annual SummerFest parade, which took place Saturday, July 15, was a big hit for people of all ages.

Whether it was the wild-west shootout, complete with a sheriff and a bank robber, that preceded the parade, the Waste Management drill team, or the local celebrities throwing candy from classic cars, there was something for everyone.

'We like small town parades, and being recent new members to the community, we wanted to check it out,' said Troutdale resident Eric Neiwert. 'It's nice how Troutdale comes together around the community.'

Neiwert's daughter Ella, 5, particularly enjoyed the candy she collected during the parade.

Led by Troutdale Police Chief David Nelson, the parade opened with Boy Scout Troop No. 174, Fire District No. 10 and Gresham Fire and Emergency Services engines, the Reynolds Education Foundation and American Medical response, among others.

Troutdale Mayor Paul Thalhofer looked like he was ready to have some fun as he rode through town in his Cadillac dressed in his western shirt and cowboy hat.

Citizen of the Year Dave Ripma, who serves on the Troutdale City Council, made his grand entrance pulling the Troutdale Historical Society's float on his John Deere tractor.

Ripma serves on the Troutdale Historical Society Board of Directors.

Branden Pursinger, the Troutdale Youth Citizen of the Year, also rode in the parade, along with Dwain Munyan, the Troutdale Lions Club Humanitarian of the Year, and Walter and Vye Nasmyth, Troutdale Historical Society Members of the Year.

Corbett resident Deb Provo said she brought her grandson Jacob Pavlas, 3, to the Troutdale SummerFest to experience the fun of the event because he had ridden in the Corbett Fourth of July parade, but had never actually seen one.

Although he enjoyed all of the candy, Pavlas was most excited about the pre-parade activities.

'There was a shoot!' Pavlas said of the wild-west gunfight put on by the Turkey Creek Desparadoes that preceded the parade.

Although the shootout was quite popular, a rather unexpected entry also garnered a great deal of attention.

'I liked the precision garbage can team,' said Damascus resident Janice McGregor, in reference to Waste Management's drill routine.

Troutdale resident Bill Fitzpatrick said he had been to the SummerFest activities at Glenn Otto Community Park in previous years, but had never seen the parade, which winds through the heart of Troutdale along the Historic Columbia River Highway.

'I just really enjoy all the people,' Fitzpatrick said.

Troutdale City Administrator John Anderson said he particularly liked the group of people dressed as Revolutionary War soldiers and the Troutdale Parks and Recreation department's Camp Kaleidoscope float, which has a 'Pirates of the Sandy River' theme.