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King City celebrates Fourth of July with patriotic parade

by: TIMES PHOTO: BARBARA SHERMAN - Kids on all types of vehicles get to ride safely in the streets of King City's Edgewater on the Tualatin subdivision during the annual Fourth of July parade, which this year attracted at least 400 participants.Babies in strollers, tots on tricycles and bigger kids on two-wheelers, all decorated with red, white and blue streamers and balloons, filled the streets of the Edgewater on the Tualatin subdivision for the sixth annual Fourth of July parade.

When many people think of King City, they picture only seniors living there, but Edgewater, which contains hundreds of single-family homes with no age restriction for residents, sprung up years ago outside the original civic association section of the city.

Every year the parade is led off by a Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue King City Station 35 engine and crew plus a Washington County sheriff's deputy and King City police officer in their patrol cars. It starts in the round-about off 131st Avenue and proceeds down the subdivision's “main street” to King City Community Park on the banks of the Tualatin River, where everyone enjoys hot dogs and other refreshments, plus games and other activities.

This year there was a balloon man, face painters, a crafts table and games such as horseshoes.

“We stopped counting people at 400,” said parade organizer Ahren Richards. “I would call this a very successful event.”

According to Richards, the idea for the parade was hatched “on the 135th cul de sac where we live when neighbors got together to just plan a fun event for the kids on our street, but man, has it grown.”

He added, “I try to make it a King City parade and not just an Edgewater parade.”

For years, the King City Civic Association held its own annual Fourth of July golf cart parade, which traveled along many residential streets past Pacific Pointe Retirement Inn, where the residents acted as judges and awarded prizes for the best-decorated golf carts.

The golf cart parade was canceled a couple of years ago when no one stepped forward to organize it, and since then, Richards has pushed for the KCCA residents to “come on over” and enjoy the Edgewater parade.

This year, at least one KCCA resident, Jim Armour, participated in the parade, driving his big white pickup with a snazzy, patriotic red, white and blue paint job.

Local stores donate much of the food for the barbecue in the park, and Richards announced that if the cooks went through all 400 hot dogs on hand, someone would run out and purchase more.

He also announced that he and his wife have put their home up for sale, so someone else is going to have to take over organizing the annual parade in the future.

“Our homeowners' association is talking about getting some members to be responsible for the parade,” he said. “We sure would like to see it keep going.”




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