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By Brianna Wray
The Times 

Waitsburg Celebration Days 2019


Brianna Wray

The reset pit crew heads back up the hill for another run during Sunday morning's soapbox derby.

WAITSBURG-Waitsburg Celebration Days brought out all the smiles.

Seventy or more antique and vintage cars lined Preston Park Friday evening.

The sunset historic ATV cruise departed from the fairgrounds and returned with a splash. Cruise organizers Denise and Andy Winnett; Allen and Karen Huwe; Louis and Marie Gagnon and crew led the way up the mountain and back for stunning views of the valley.

Meanwhile, the Bonfire, Brats & Brews event was well attended with live music from biGfONT.

Joy and David Smith made sure the brats were hot and the wine was served cold.

The festivities continued Saturday morning with fortification from the American Legion breakfast at Town Hall.

The Waitsburg Junior High Band played music in front of the grocery store as the community made their way to Main Street.

By 9:45 front runners in the Kiddie parade were chomping at the bit to get started pedaling down Main Street.

This year's parade had more than fifty entrants including royalty, an antique combine, antique tractors, horses and buggies.

Parade Marshal Pat Mahoney waved regally from his perch. And the Matbirds waved their trophies victoriously. The Blue Mountain Land Trust Blues Crew danced to "Soul Man."

The auto show continued Saturday as Karen's ATV Poker Ride got underway. Participants were treated to great views and a good hand.

Tours of the Fire Station and the Bruce House and Wilson-Phillips Museum were available following the parade, offering a closer look at some of Waitsburg's historic spaces.

Festival programming continued with Brewfest. Attendees praised the intimate setting, great beer selection and music provided by biGfONT.

Later, the P.E.O.'s Burgers, Bands and Brews fed a hungry crowd prior to The FrogHollow Band rocking the Don Thomas building at the fairgrounds with an evening of dancing.

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Terry Keller of Walla Walla took Best of Show with his 1929 Ford.

Cowboy Church took place at Preston Park on Sunday morning and the celebration wrapped up with the second annual soap box derby. Organized by Randy Hinchliffe, the event brought a big crowd for the winner two years running, Mackenzi Castillo. Preston Hinchliffe won most creative car for his semi truck with rain gutter exhaust pipes.

Though the weekend is over, there's always more to celebrate in Waitsburg, especially now that the weather is turning toward the sublime.

There were rumors and murmurs that next year's soap box derby will be open to contestants of all ages. It's never too soon to start construction!

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