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Runners hit the pavement for half marathon as military vehicles make their way to Scappoose

The 7th annual Wings & Wheels community event in Scappoose drew crowds to the Scappoose Industrial Airpark for live music, static displays, a half marathon and kids activities last weekend.

SCOTT BURGE PHOTO - A half marathon run kicks off the 7th annual Wings & Wheels festival in Scappoose.Runners hit the pavement early Saturday morning, Aug. 5 for a half marathon that accompanied the event. Participants were treated to pancakes and beer after the run, as well as Wings & Wheels medals for marathon winners.

The popular Columbia County cover band Hit Machine provided live music Saturday afternoon from one of the airport's hangars, as attendees browsed small aircraft, vendor booths and vehicles of the yesteryear.SCOTT BURGE PHOTO - Hit Machine performs for a crowd at Wings & Wheels last Saturday, Aug. 5.

This year, Thad Smith, a Scappoose filmmaker and World War II history buff, assembled a small cohort of fellow World War II military vehicle owners to create a "liberty convoy" from St. Helens to Scappoose.

THAD SMITH PHOTO - A group in World War II period uniforms adds to the authenticity of a Liberty Convoy of restored war-era military vehicles that drove from St. Helens to Scappoose for Wings & Wheels. Pictured left to right: Scappoose residents Brandon Smith, Thad Smith and Joe Rozanek."I have a bunch of World War II vehicles and a few people I know do too," Smith explained.

Smith and his liberty convoy had originally planned to make the trek out to Birkenfeld, but with high temperatures, the group decided to shorten its journey to the nearby Wings & Wheels event.

THAD SMITH PHOTO - Restored WW II military vehicles line the Columbia County Courthouse plaza as they gear up to head to Scappoose Saturday, Aug. 5.

"It's just a name we gave it because it's about World War II and the liberation of Europe from fascism and the Germans at that point," Smith said of the liberty convoy moniker. "They're guys like me that really like that era and want to keep the history alive."

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