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July 13, 2014
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Graffiti2014: Hot classic cars cruise through Roseburg

The only thing hotter than the 90-plus degree weather Saturday evening was the parade of classic cars and pickup trucks that rolled through downtown Roseburg.

“All of the beautiful cars are all works of art. They really are art,” said Ronald Jobe of Oakland.

Jobe arrived early to the downtown area to claim a shady spot under a tree in front of the Douglas County Library on Diamond Lake Boulevard. He was among the swarm of people who didn’t let the hot sun rain on their parade to attend the 33rd annual Umpqua Flatheads Roseburg Graffiti Night Cruise.

“We’ve been to all of them,” said Charlotte Long of Umpqua. “It’s a wonderful program they put together, and they draw cars from all over.”

Her husband, Sam Long, said he enjoys getting to see the vintage cars.

“I think it gets better every year,” he said. “We just forgot to bring our chairs this time.”

Participating cars cruised along Jackson Street, making a loop with Main Street and returning to Diamond Lake Boulevard. One of the cars, a 1958 Studebaker, belonged to Mike Johnson of Albany.

“I’ve been doing this for 25 years,” he said.

Johnson said it’s “the cars” that bring him back to Roseburg for Graffiti Weekend.

His 4-year-old daughter Emily didn’t hesitate in pointing at her dad’s car when asked which was her favorite.

A few blocks south on Jackson Street, 5-year-old Milo Rundle-Borvee of Roseburg had a different opinion on the best car in the show.

“I like all the red ones,” he said, in between bites of a taffy candy.

A hot red fire engine was at the start of the cruise, which lasted for more than three hours. Many drivers tossed candy out their windows, causing a flurry of children running along the side of the street.

At moments, the revving of an old engine overpowered the classic music tunes heard over a loud speaker. The smell of cotton candy and fry bread lured some cruise-goers to vendors set-up in various locations.

Teenagers Josie Grant and Kelli Jackson of Lookingglass and Skyler Perkins of Roseburg took Graffiti Weekend’s theme a step further than most, choosing to wear poodle skirts to the cruise.

“We like to be out of the ordinary at events like these,” Grant said.

Grant wore a bright red itchy and thick felt skirt. “It’s a little warm, but not too bad,” she said.

Perkins, in a blue skirt, also made of felt, said she didn’t mind the heat.

“I wanted to dress up and be different,” she said.

Jackson was a little cooler, wearing a silk camouflage skirt.

“I put this together last minute,” she said. “But like what she said,” pointing to Grant, “I like to be out of the ordinary.”

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