RUBY CREEK — Painted against a backdrop of red, white and blue — accented with shades of military camouflage and an unending rainbow of tints and hues — the 13th Annual Thunder at the Creek presented a colorful, All-American masterpiece on Saturday.

Under a warm, inviting sun and applauded by an energetic crowd — those who watched from the south edge of Washington Avenue stood in Oceana County, while those who watched from the north edge stood in Mason County — those who looked on whistled and waved as the parade ambled its way through the deep-in-the-woods community.

A convoy of all-terrain vehicles and motorcycles — the latter bearing the license plates of Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Florida and even Texas — streamed slowly back and forth.

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The Managing Editor for the Ludington Daily News since June 2018 and on the staff since Oct. 2011, taking over for legendary Lloyd Wallace. Previously with The Chippewa Herald in Chippewa Falls, Wis., and the Tuscola County Advertiser in Caro.