On Saturday

by: STEPHANIE RODERICK - Bob Kistrba, of Crooked River Ranch, cooks buffalo burgers during the Lions Club Buffalo Feed at the Ranch on July 5, shortly after the Ranch's Independence Day parade.The day's heat didn't stop participants, vendors and onlookers from celebrating Independence Day at Crooked River Ranch on Saturday.

A day that kicked off with the annual parade was a united event where kids and adults alike scurried for candy tossed from parade entrants as they slowly passed by to pay tribute to the country and its freedoms.

The parade began with the Madras NROTC Color Guard, followed by the Classic Car Guys, Boys and Girls Club, Crazy Quilters, Dutch Oven Group, Silver Edge Equestrian Drill Team, Terrebonne Thriftway, Jefferson County Sheriff Jim Adkins pulling a jail cell with his wife, Greta, and City Councilor Richard Ladeby locked up and in tow, the Ranch Chapel, the Lions Club, the Harley Riders, Deschutes County 4-H, County Commission candidates Mae Houston and Tom Brown, who are looking for votes before their runoff in November, and more.

by: STEPHANIE RODERICK - Sheriff Jim Adkins tows a jail cell holding his wife, Greta, and Richard Ladeby during the CRR Independence Day parade on July 5.After the Crooked River Ranch Fire Department passed by, the parade came to its conclusion, allowing visitors the opportunity to participate in a number of other events on the day's agenda.

Several booths set up in the park offered a variety of goods and services to pique the interest of attendees — information booths, and booths featuring crafters, artists, clothing and handmade jewelry, just to name a few.

Frank and Joni Thomas, with Wood and Stuff, were there for their second year selling unique, handmade coolers, clocks and specialty decor that they make from reclaimed wood and pallets.

Residents of the Ranch for the past five years, they set up a booth for the first time last year and it went “really, really well,” said Thomas, so they came back again.

Husband and wife both have full-time jobs, but after making a one of a kind cooler for friends as a Christmas gift, “Everyone wanted one,” Thomas said. “That's kind of how it evolved.”

Other events throughout the day included the Lions Club buffalo feed, Jefferson County centennial exhibit, artisans and crafters bazaar, Ranch Chapel quilt show and raffle, garden club cookie sale, 4-H silent auction and craft sale, Sunshine Exchange Cloggers, Ranch Chapel Singers, Jefferson County Players' performance and the NROTC Drill Team demonstration.

The evening closed with attendees putting on their dancing shoes. A barn dance from 6-10 p.m., with live music by Hangar 52 and a beer garden, offered a fun and festive way to end the day's events.

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