Whew! I’m not sure what happened to Monday(!), but Tuesday is well launched! Houston Hoedown (link) is a “wrap”. A perfect weather weekend and no real extraordinary “skirmishes” during the (definitely) raucous event. As I said previously, our little sleepy town of 995 ppl swells to several thousand but, this year, the congestion didn’t seem to impact the flow of things too adversely. Sunday’s parade was awesome as always, lasting well over an hour (always!!!!!) with 94+ registered entrants from all over the area. Beginning with the presentation of the “colors”………….. to the traditional horse/rider group at the end……… the various area celebrations were well represented and the music entertained us all. A few photos to give you the flavor of this activity….. of course there MUST be clowns…….. and the squeaky clean/mirror bright (many) fire trucks …………. The class of ‘66 distinguished itself years ago by “personalizing” this old school bus and “tweaking” it each year. Given its originating era, the concept is not surprising, hmmmmm?????? Future grads getting in on the action!!!!
Many floats…..and, of course, politicians!!!!!……………………
And what would such a showing be without the tractors………..
A car show……. with our #1 son’s latest ‘build”!! (below)……… Not only does he work with metal but he had this log that he cut to boards, finished…..and, now, it’s the bed of the truck!!!!!! ‘Detail’ is his middle name!!!!
The city park was filled with vendors of all descriptions…….. With lovely shade areas for long overdue visiting. The “Music Jamboree” commenced following the parade and gave a wonderful “old tyme” feel to the area. “Blue Grass” music could be heard for blocks.
The surrounding fire departments sent representatives to do ‘battle’ in the “water wars”…which offered spectators opportunities for a light ‘shower’!!!!!!
While, at the Fest Grounds, a traditional horse pull competition was viewed by many, followed that night by a local rock band.
About 4:00, DH and I escaped to LaCrosse for a quiet supper at Piggy’s Restaurant and a walk in Riverside Park, where the replicas of the Nina and Pinta had tied up. A perfect evening for a saunter
And the perfect way to end a very busy weekend!!!!!
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