Under deep blue skies and just enough breeze to keep everybody comfortable, the Moxee Hop Festival was as good as ever this year -- a grand parade, a 5K run, inflatable rides and slides, an entertainment stage that kept going day and night, food to please any palate and of course, the whole point of the celebration to begin with, beer -- the beverage all those hops help produce.

The Seattle Seahawks cheerleaders, the Sea Gals, even showed up, graciously signing autographs and smiling for hundreds of photos as fans lined up all afternoon.

And we can't help it: It just wouldn't be a parade without the Masada Shriners and their little cars. Good thing they made it again this year ...