The county fair kicks off each year with a parade. I think the parade is actually better than Christmas in some ways–no one is ever disappointed that the parade didn’t live up to expectations, it just is what it is.
And it’s a lot of fun. Lots of photos ahead!
A four-mule trace. It’s a wonder people have even held on to these things for so long. Surely no one is manufacturing that?
Oh, I forgot to start with the flag. Every parade starts with the flag, of course. And then lots more flags follow.
This is the first year (out of the last 9) there have been steer riders. I have to assume those are not bulls–because they’re pretty docile… And look at those horns! Wow!
Yes, I took a photo of that braided tail. So pretty.
A better photo of one of the mules. Nice strong lighting. You’ll notice as the photos go on that daylight was fading. An hour and a half for this parade!
This old car was driven by the fair’s grand marshall. Lots of car clubs show off their vehicles, too. And how do you get to be the fair’s grand marshall, I wonder?
This model T shows up every year, and I wonder if it isn’t possible to restore it better. Mind you, I’m impressed it runs at all–but maybe just do something about the rust? I understand if it’s hit the “beyond restoration” limit. I always note the modern tires, and wonder what the originals really looked like.
The cheese van is always a hit. And cheese samples are given out. And this year they were still cold 🙂
Oh, I forgot the pretty horses. The time spent keeping this horse’s mane untangled must be enormous.
And for the first year, Ilssa. “Look,” said all the moms, “it’s Ilssa!” If I spelled it wrong, forgive me.
I didn’t notice the Gypsy Vanners until they were walking away. Sigh. And then I wished I’d run after them and tried to get good horse shoe photos….
And that’s some of my favorites. There was farm equipment, and emergency vehicles, and semi-trucks, and marching bands. Gee, so much. It’s a lot of fun.