We had an great time in Downtown Ridgefield, Washington this past 4th of July.
We were honored to support the parade and give back to our local community.
Below are some pictures from the Independance Day Ridgefield event.
There were many activities on this clear, blue day. A pancake feed, fun runs and of course – the parade!
According to Sandy Schill, the festival director and wife of Ridgefield Mayor Ron Onslow, one of the many special features of this years parade was the grand marshal, Rick Morris, whose involvement in the parade was a bit different this year than it has in previous years.
“He flew the fly over that we had 2002 to 2012, so it was nice that he was on the ground today. He got to experience the fly-over that came over him,” explains Schill, also noting that one of the pilots from this year’s fly-over is a member of the Ridgefield community, as well.
Following the parade, the crowds migrated to the Ridgefield Refuge Overlook Park, where plenty of entertainment awaited for both children and adults. A reptile tent with live snakes and lizards drew in some of the more adventurous children, and inflatable bounce houses seemed to suffice for those who were not too keen on making some cold-blooded friends. Meanwhile, food vendors set up shop along Main Street, local restaurant Buckets debuted their new dine-in seating area, and live entertainment was provided by none other than local celebrity Tony Starlight.
Band in tow, Starlight’s variety show featured old, new, slow, fast, somber, and comical songs.
“On this show here, I’m kind of singing everything from Sinatra era through some 80s songs. When I do my shows, it’s a music and comedy show,” says Starlight.. “There’s skits and routines and song parodies.”
Perhaps the highlight of his two-hour performance was the moment in which Starlight stepped off the stage while singing Frank Sinatra’s “Fly Me to the Moon” and approached a young man with the microphone. After some coaxing, Starlight was able to convince the shy audience member to sing along.
“His dad was like, ‘he can sing, he can sing!’’ Starlight recalls, somewhat surprised that somebody of the younger generation recognized the song. “I put the microphone on him and he’s singing ‘Fly Me to the Moon.’ A young guy!”
See You Next 4th of July!