From Gleneden Beach 4th of July Parade Committee
Ed Longosky Jr. will serve as Grand Marshal of the Twenty-Fourth Annual Gleneden Beach 4th of July Parade. Longosky, who served in the U.S. Navy for 21 years, worked mostly on nuclear submarines.
Honored Citizen this year is Melissa Gann, the manager and scheduler of events at the Gleneden Beach Community Club. Business of the year is Red Roof, a bakery and wine shop owned by Wilda Larsen and Sherry Wilmsen. Ben Delhorno is this year’s scholarship winner. He works at Cavalier condominium in Gleneden Beach and plans to attend Oregon Coast Community College.
The parade begins at 1 p.m. on the Gleneden Beach Loop Road.
The popular pony rides are returning this year as are special trophies for kids, according to Cremeen. The rides will be available both before and during the parade. This event will be set up at Blake’s Nursery (6750 Gleneden Beach Road). Cost is $5. The ponies will be provided by Green Acres Beach and Trail Rides.
The parade is one of the Oregon Coast’s most popular events, regularly attracting over 5,000 people. “The reason for the longevity of the parade is that local people want to make it happen,” says Cremeen. “And this spirit is a reflection of the community. The parade has become an important local tradition.”
A craft fair featuring 20 booths of food and work by local artisans will begin at 9 a.m. that day in various locations. In addition to the parking lot next to Eden Hall, vendor booths will be located in front of the Kernville-Gleneden Beach-Lincoln Beach Water District office and the parking lot of the Gleneden Beach Medical Center on the Loop Road. Other booths will be placed along the parade route.
PARKING–Because of the closure of the Loop Road, parking will be a major concern, according to Cremeen. “No cars will be permitted along the parade route,” she says. “Any car parked in a ‘No Parking’ zone will be towed.” Shuttle buses will operate every 15 minutes from parking lots at Salishan, the county airport across Highway 101, and the Gleneden Beach State Park. Handicapped parking will be available at Radar Plumbing.
Because of the change in the location of vendor booths, some vendors will set up at various places along the parade route. “If you see a saw horse,” says Cremeen, “don’t put your chair in front of it. It is a place holder for a vendor booth.”
The day’s festivities will start with a pancake breakfast at the Gleneden Beach Community Hall (110 Azalea Street) from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Cost is $6 for adults, $3 for children from for to ten. Children under four are free.
Trophies will be awarded for floats in these categories: Grand Prize, Best Family, Most Patriotic, Best Music, and Best Service Association. Kids trophies will be awarded for: Best Animal, Best Bike, Most Creative, Best 9 and Under Individual, Best 10-14 Individual.
PARADE REGISTRATION—People who want to be a participant in the parade must fill out a registration form, available at the Gleneden Beach Post Office. Deadline is June 25. After that date, a $20 filing fee will be charged. Categories are vehicles/cars/floats and walking/bicycles. Areas to be judged include parade theme, creativity, family/neighborhood community/civic involvement, and overall presentation.
Trophies will be awarded during the parade, especially to the children participating. Cremeen said that pre-registration is recommended but people can show up that morning in the parking lot of the Gleneden Beach fire station by 11 a.m. and still be in the parade. Anyone wishing to participate in the parade must show their driver’s license and produce insurance information.
QUILT AND ‘JEEZ LOUISE’ RAFFLES—Tickets have been on sale for weeks for two raffles to be held in conjunction with the parade. Janet Sylvester of Gleneden Beach has made a quilt with an Oregon Lighthouse theme. Tickets are $1 each or six tickets for $5. Proceeds go to the scholarship fund for Taft High School students.
The “Jeez Louise” raffle of items donated by local merchants–$1 each or six for $5, or cans of food. Winner of the quilt will be announced at the end of the parade. The names of winners of the raffle will be posted outside the post office on July 4th, but the various items will not be available for pickup until July 7. Money from the “Jeez Louise” raffle goes to the Lincoln City Food Pantry.
Raffle and quilt tickets are now on sale at a table in front of the post office from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., along with t-shirts, caps, and pins from previous years. On the day of the parade, new red and blue travel mugs will be on sale at $10 per mug. Carole Carr of Gleneden Beach designed the logo for the t-shirts.
SAFETY—Safety is always a concern at the parade, according to Cremeen. To that end, people on the floats in the parade will not be allowed to throw candy to children along the sidelines. “This is too dangerous,” said Cremeen. “We will have ‘candy walkers’ who will drop candy and prizes into plastic bags distributed at the parade. Because of the danger, parents need to pay attention to what their kids are doing. They cannot stand beyond the white line or run into the street.” Pacific West will park an ambulance at the fire station to offer first aid when necessary.
INFORMATION BOOTH— Members of the Gleneden Beach Community Club will staff an information booth in the Eden Hall parking lost throughout the day. The quilt will be on display there and t-shirts, coffee mugs, and memorial pins will also be for sale.