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Art enthusiasts brave blazing temperatures to take in Sandy Mountain Festival's summer delights

POST PHOTO: BRITTANY ALLEN - Impact Learning Center was one of several groups to play on the Dr. Seuss-related theme of the Sandy Mountain Festival parade this year.Another Sandy Mountain Festival has come and gone. Though temperatures hovered in the 90s this past weekend, few were discouraged from coming out to Meinig Park to peruse the artists' booths, and it's safe to say the Kiwanis club sold a fair number of Kiwanian Bars during the two-day event.

The parade kicked off the festivities on Thursday, July 12, with floats that transported viewers to "Oh the places you'll go." Some took the theme in a wacky Dr. Seuss-related direction, including Sandy Transit and Clackamas County Bank, and some presented vehicles dressed to impress as cruise ships, island oases and much more. The Sandy Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary provided food for thought with their float theme of "Oh the places veterans have gone."

"The parade went off without a glitch this year, and I think we gave the residents of Sandy and visitors a good show despite the hot weather," said Steve Brown, parade director.

This year's big parade award, The Mayor's Trophy selected by Mayor Bill King, went to Abundant Life Church for best use of the theme, "Oh the places you'll go." The float was an elaborate display of a shipwreck on a desert island.

POST PHOTO: BRITTANY ALLEN - Princess Machel Heldstab and the rest of the Sandy Mountain Festival Queen's Court made appearances at and judged several of the kids' activities throughout the week.
Brown thanks the many volunteers who help make the parade a success, among them announcer D.J. Anderson; Gerry New of New's Towing, who sets up the stage for the judges and announcer; Kathy Edwards, who handles registration; the festival's board of directors, which takes on assorted tasks; Chelsea Van Baalen, who manages parade applications and communications leading up to the parade; and the city of Sandy public works and police departments, which work with traffic and public safety. And of course, the parade wouldn't be possible without the financial support of Clackamas County Bank, which has been the parade sponsor for many years.

Children delighted in the city-hosted events leading up to the festival. This year's pet show on Wednesday featured furry friends both stuffed and very much alive, including goats, pigs, dogs and beanie babies. Several came out to race around the track at the old Cedar Ridge Middle School on Thursday for the bike derby.

The following all took first place for their age groups:

n Brooks Cunningham, 6

n KJ DeBord, 7

n Kaden Rathjen, 8

n Wyatt Davidson, 9

n Nolan Olsen, 10

n Silas French, 11

POST PHOTO: BRITTANY ALLEN - Several bands took to the Dale Nichols Main Stage during the 2018 Sandy Mountain Festival to provide music for festival-goers to enjoy while shopping and eating. 
More than 100 artists showcased their talents in the park over the weekend. Suburban Auto Group served as sponsor of the park during the two-day event, and Adventist Health sponsored entertainment on the main stage.

Vendors sold everything from lavender bunches and lemonade to wooden toys and handwoven apparel.

Heading into the 2019 event, festival organizers will accept nominations for grand marshal at any time along with recommendations for next year's parade theme. Send ideas to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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