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Candy makes return to festival parade

The Sandy Mountain Festival Parade will allow participants to toss candy to spectators, beginning with the 2016 event planned for July 14 in downtown Sandy.

The festival board had banned the practice for several years because of safety concerns, especially for young children. But in response to comments from some parade participants — who said the prohibition had taken some of the fun out of the event — the board took up the discussion last year of returning candy to the parade,

During the festival board's monthly meeting, held Monday at Clackamas County Bank, the directors voted to resume the tradition of throwing candy. The parade director is in the process of writing rules that will govern participants who throw candy during the parade. Those rules and the parade application should be available by early April.

In other business, the board finalized the contract with Rainier Amusement to provide this year's festival carnival in downtown Sandy. Rainier replaces Paradise Amusements, which operated the carnival during the 2015 festival.