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Everybody loves a parade

July 14, 2011
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Our local county fair started on Wednesday, which meant the annual fair parade was on Tuesday night. We were worried they might not have the parade as it had been overcast and raining off and on for the better part of the day, but about an hour before the parade was to start, the rain cleared up and it ended up being a nice night.

This is the first year in a long time I’ve been able to see the parade, and it was fun to take the kids. My hometown only has about three parades each year: the Homecoming parade during the fall, a small Memorial Day parade and the Fair parade, which is definitely the biggest one.

What would a parade be without loud firetrucks

or large pieces of machinery

or royalty?

We didn’t get to our spots quite early enough to catch the beginning of the parade, and as a result missed seeing the reigning county fair queen and all the candidates that are vying for the title this year. Fourteen years ago I was one of those girls. And thirteen years ago, I was riding in the parade as reigning queen. Ah, memories.

We also had floats from the old west.

One of the neatest things about our fair is the historical village that’s set up. Through the years the county historical society and fair board have moved old buildings onto the fairgrounds and built a little historical village. You can go in all the different buildings and see how they may have been set up 80, 90, or 100 years ago. This float had the Dusty Boot Gang that hailed from the little village.

The parade also had old tractors

fancy cowgirls

and lots of horses.

The kids did fairly well at the parade, despite the noise from the firetruck sirens or some of the trucks. Though the kiddo did tell me he liked the parades that have music better (referring to the VEISHEA parade we saw earlier this year that has marching bands and different floats/entries with music). They came home with a sackful of candy (which is hiding in the cupboard and being doled out piece by piece) and even some little toys and things.

We’re looking forward to spending the next few days at the fair taking in the sights, sounds and even the smells (livestock barns anyone?). I have great memories of the fair from growing up and am glad we can give the kiddos the same chance to make their own.

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