Once again, our town celebrated its birthday in style. Sturgis Falls weekend is a staple around here. The celebration that helps mark the season. I'm not sure we could move on to July without it. There were the traditional fixings that we take comfort in every last weekend of June. Live music and a small town parade to be envied. Funnel cakes and mini-doughnuts and the best strawberry smoothies around - the kind we wait all year for. There were rides and crowds and of course, a little bit of rain (because you can't have a Sturgis weekend without getting a little wet).
And we enjoyed the festivities as we always do. We strolled Main St. on a beautiful Friday night - stopping in at the tavern for rootbeers for the boys before purchasing those famous smoothies in front of the band shell during the talent show. There was the parade Saturday morning. I keep waiting for the year when the boys lose interest in this activity, but this year they seemed to enjoy it even more. And if the crowd of people is any foreshadowing of the year's to come, I'm not sure we'll ever skip it. It's always amazing to us how fully-lined the streets get with people - young and old. I actually had friends that set their chairs out the night before just to get the perfect spot!
We couldn't have asked for a more perfect morning for a parade, as we packed up snacks and drinks and blankets and chairs. We got there an hour ahead of time, and the kids were perfectly patient while waiting for it all to begin. And when I say perfectly patient, I don't mean that Brandon didn't ask every five minutes when it would start. But he hung in there pretty pleasantly. ;)
The theme this year was Wizard of Oz, which fit in perfectly for us as the boys have become familiar with that movie in the past year. And Brandon absolutely loved how every float and entry that went by incorporated it into their decorating. There were all different takes on tornados and Dorothy - a few cute little Toto puppies - and even a man dressed as Dorothy herself. ;) Brandon literally ooh'd and ahh'd at everything we saw, and Jaden just immensely enjoyed all the candy he collected throughout the two hours. And I can't leave out the Budweiser Clydesdales that made a special guest appearance all weekend long. Those things are beautiful!
As promised to the boys, we went to the carnival on Saturday night. We spent way too much money on ride tickets but it's always worth it for the looks on their faces.
Jaden and Ella decided they had outgrown the gator coaster, but it is Brandon's favorite. (Used to be mine, too!)
Bumper cars... never any fun. :)
Until next year, Sturgis!