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Beachcomber Days in Waldport – 57 years of fun and celebration “Where the Forest Meets the Sea”

Central Coast Fire Rescue hot dog/sausage fundraiser because you can watch a parade on an empty stomach!

Central Coast Fire Rescue hot dog/sausage fundraiser because you can’t watch a parade on an empty stomach!

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Beachcomber Days has been rippling from one end of Waldport to the other the past few days. Saturday was the main event, the parade that had a little bit of everything Waldport has become over its 102 years of existence. According to the Waldport Museum website, Beachcomber Days was originally launched in July of 1957, as a prelude to a traditional 4th of July celebration. It included a “Princess Court” of Waldport High School students, a parade, a water skiing show and then 4th of July evening, the Lions put on a fireworks show overlooking Eckman Lake.

Today, that same 4th of July show is enjoyed by a huge crowd that covers the east side of Alsea Bay near the downtown. Explosively beautiful pyrotechnics are shot off from a sandspit at the south end of the Bayshore area.

Saturday’s Beachcomber Parade contained all manner of fire trucks, ponys, beauty queens and venerable old timers like 102 year old Lester Hall enjoying the free ride and the accolades and whistles from well-wishers lining Hemlock Street and 101, along with 95 year old Connie Hunter riding shotgun in a white classic Volkswagen. This year’s parade was considerably sparkled-up with the appearance of Chinese dragons that performed along the parade route as well as in front of the new Chinese restaurant on 101, south of the light. Now THAT’s effective promotion of a new business in town.

There was also a wide array of live music available to enjoy. For more pictures and some video of the music, just click on the “Continue reading” link below. There are three music videos at the end of the photo gallery: Chinese Dragons, Roosterfish and Pacific Coast Wind Ensemble.

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Mayor Susan Woodruff (Right) with Waldport First Gentleman Ray Woodruff (Center)

Mayor Susan Woodruff (Right) with Waldport First Gentleman Ray Woodruff (Center)

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