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Colorful crew tosses candy July 4

Emma Becker reaches for more candy to throw during the Hancock July 4 kiddie parade. Rae Yost/Stevens County Times1 / 2
Foreground, from left, Gage Schmidgall, Gabe Kelly, Maddie Becker and Maya Becker get into the spirit of July 4 and throw candy during the July 4 kiddie parade in Hancock.Not pictured is Emma Becker. Rae Yost/Stevens County Times2 / 2

A star spangled cowboy, not rhinestone.

Gage Schmidgall was decked out in a red, white and blue cowboy hat and attire July 4 for the kiddie parade in Hancock. Schmidgall isn't a kiddie but he's a kid. He and several relatives and a friend got into the spirit of July 4 and dressed in red, white and blue. Most importantly, they carried empty ice cream buckets or small pails filled with candy.

"The candy is the best thing about the kiddie parade," Emma Becker said.

"This is my first time throwing candy," Maya Becker said. Her bucket was filled with "mostly suckers."

The suckers were the familiar Dum Dum suckers that are a staple at parades. Dums Dums have those cool flavors like cream soda, banna split, cotton candy and more standards such as grape and cherry.

Schmidgall's mom Penny bought the candy for the crew of five. Her son said she did a nice job.

Those buckets also included Double Bubble bubblegum, another parade staple. There were a few other candy varietys including chewy Lemonheads, which are Emma Becker's favorites.

I was curious about other favorites of this candy crew. Maya Becker likes the Dum Dum suckers, Maddie Becker is a fan of Laffy Taffy.

Kim Becker, the mom of the Becker sisters like Tootsie Rolls. Penny Schmidgall was more specific. "Grape Tootsie Rolls."

Gabe Kelly, a neighbor to Schmidgall and the Beckers, likes bubblegum.

The kiddie parade was only a few blocks long but there was plenty of takers for the candy crew's candy.

I'm sure that a few were left on the street only to be crushed by car tires later. Maybe a few skidded toward the curb to melt later in the July 4 afternoon sun.