MALAGA — Becky and Greg McFann are not flashy people.
They’re conservative in their politics, the clothes that they wear and the cars that they drive.
You might say the bright colors on the outside of their house are out of character. But the McFanns are patriotic. Very patriotic.
And this is why the entire side of their two-story house is red, white and blue, with big stars.
“To me, there is no better nation in the world than us,” said Greg, 64, who was in the National Guard from 1967 to 1973. “We have all these freedoms here that we take for granted.”
“I think I became patriotic in grade school, saying the pledge of allegiance every day, and the Fourth of July is such a wonderful holiday,” said Becky, 55. “I’ve always loved red and blue for decorating and it seemed like a natural fit for me.”
The McFanns’ house sits on five acres off West Malaga Road, just above the Malaga Market. It’s visible from the Malaga-Alcoa Highway.
The McFanns say they’ve gotten positive honks from passing truckers and, because, they said, their neighbors are so far away, no one has complained.
Becky, a bookkeeper, and Greg, a retired welder who also worked on the pot lines at Alcoa, married in 1999. From the start, Becky began decorating the interior of the house in patriotic colors. The inside of the house is yellow, which, Becky says, goes well with red and blue. Among the patriotic-themed items are pillows, hanging metal stars, welcome signs and light-switch covers.
Last summer, their daughter-in-law, Carrie McFann of East Wenatchee, sent them a picture of a house that she’d found on Facebook. It had been painted in red, white and blue.
The McFann house, which Greg had built in 1985, needed repainting. Greg and Becky said they thought about the patriotic colors for a few weeks, then agreed to do it.
“It sounded like a fun thing to do,” Becky said.
They started painting in late July and were finishing up early this month. Greg was quick to point out that they used 12 gallons of white paint, seven gallons of red and three gallons of blue. The stripes are 31 inches wide in red and white, Becky added. The stars are each 24 inches tall. They are white with a blue background.
The idea, Greg said, was to have a partial flag on each side of the house. They couldn’t get in all 50 stars, but they felt good to get 37.
Becky plans to continue the patriotic theme by painting their sheds in red, white and blue.
‘I’m proud that we have the freedom to do this,” Becky said.