Tuesday’s loose ends……….

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”…………..IMG_6477 to the traditional horse/rider group at the end………IMG_6550 the various area celebrations were well represented and the music entertained us all. A few photos to give you the flavor of this activity…..IMG_6482IMG_6484IMG_6485 of course there MUST be clowns…….. IMG_6490 IMG_6491 IMG_6495 and the squeaky clean/mirror bright (many) fire trucks …………. IMG_6496 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??????  IMG_6501 IMG_6503 IMG_6507      Future grads getting in on the action!!!!

IMG_6531 IMG_6544 IMG_6546    Many floats…..and, of course, politicians!!!!!……………………IMG_6542 IMG_6543

And what would such a showing be without the tractors………..IMG_6519 

A car show…….IMG_6556   with our #1 son’s latest ‘build”!! (below)………IMG_6558   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!!!!!! IMG_6559 ‘Detail’ is his middle name!!!! IMG_6560 

The city park was filled with vendors of all descriptions……..IMG_6551IMG_6552       With lovely shade areas for long overdue visiting.IMG_6561    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’!!!!!! IMG_6562 IMG_6564 

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.   IMG_6573                          IMG_6568 IMG_6570 A perfect evening for a saunter IMG_6571 IMG_6572


And the perfect way to end a very busy weekend!!!!!








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About treadlemusic

A quilter who rides motorcycle, living on a small hobby farm in southeastern Minnesota. Grandmother and Great Grandmother.
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14 Responses to Tuesday’s loose ends……….

  1. Patricia Dauphinee says:

    And a fun time was had by all. Love the pictures, your getting really good at it. Also love the little red truck, he has done an awesome job on it. We have a 53 Chev Panel van but it’s stilling needing some stuff done on it. Waiting for our dollar to come back up before spending ,more.

  2. kathyreeves says:

    Yes, many of those raucous people are on their way to see me. Ha! Ha!

    • treadlemusic says:

      lol lol lol lol ……..you are so correct, my dear!!!!! Oh, how I do NOT envy you for these 3 weeks (funny how it does stretch out a bit, but the “main” week is the worst!!!).

  3. Janice says:

    Was in your fine town today visiting the dentist. Guess I will be back again later

  4. OK, my favorite is the 1966 bus. Also love the craftsmanship that went in to your son’s truck. Beautiful. And those boats in La Crosse, what a treat. The Hoedown sounds like an event we should attend.

  5. Looks like you had a great time and live in a wonderful town.

    • treadlemusic says:

      This little town has been one of the most welcoming towns we’ve had contact with, as others in this corner of MN seem to be. ‘Til we moved here, many years ago, from St.Paul/Minneapolis, I hadn’t ever been in this “Coulee Region”/bluff- land along the Mississippi.

      • I grew up in a small town like yours and miss it so much. I live outside Kansas City and people are in too big a hurry or to self absorbed to talk or be considerate of each other.

        • treadlemusic says:

          Having moved from the St.Paul/Mpls Metro some 43 yrs ago, I totally understand. We immediately fell in luv with the area and the ppl. Our sons have steered clear of any town larger than Sparta or La Crosse (WI)!!!!!!

  6. KerryCan says:

    What an event! It looks like everyone turns out for the fun! Your son’s truck is amazing.

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