OCEAN PARK - Everyone loves a parade! And what with high grey skies, no wind or rain and the smell of popcorn and elephant ears in the air what could be better on a Fourth of July holiday?

The annual Ocean Park Old Fashioned Fourth of July parade took place last Tuesday on the streets of the north-end town. The event drew several hundred to the sidewalks to witness the show that featured everything from old-time fire trucks, dancing shopping carts, and of course, an endless supply of the red, white and blue.

Things were started by Ilwaco High School student Annika Walters, who sang the National Anthem, as well as other patriotic songs.

The Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy, see inset picture, took the top prize for their float. Second place was awarded to a float sponsored by the Penninsula Railroad Days, while third was given to the Red Hats Society Cranberry Queens.

According to Sue Madsen of the Ocean Park Area Chamber of Commerce, which sponsored the festivities, there were around 50 entries in the parade this year, up from around 40 last year.

"Yeah, I think there were a lot of people here," she said.

Madsen added that the Chamber will be seeking input about the future of the festivial at a meeting to be held July 13, 8 a.m. at the Fire District No. 1 Fire Hall in Ocean Park.

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