Our town is celebrating its annual Homestead Festival this weekend, with lots of small-town community pride. My mom, my oldest granddaughter Kaycee and I went uptown for the parade.
Kaycee used the time waiting for the parade to catch a few rays:
The city crews had placed American flags on light poles along the parade route, straight down Main Street from the north to the south end, and they looked great waving in the breeze. I was pretty moved by the sight of a dozen or so current local National Guardsmen, military veterans and Boy Scouts, who carried this giant flag down Main Street to start the parade.
The flag is one of four that hang on big flag poles at the entrance to town from the interstate. It was nearly as wide as Main Street, and about three store-lengths long.
A couple more random parade shots:
The car carrying the Little Miss Junior Fair Queen stalled in the middle of the downtown area. A couple of parade patrolmen and the Explorers pitched in and pushed the car the last block of the parade route -- while Little Miss smiled and gave her best pageant wave from the back seat. Now that's poise!
The beautiful Anheuser-Busch Cyldesdale team. It's totally awesome seeing these huge, gorgeous animals coming at you. And the lead horse especially knew he was one fine looking animal as he strutted down the street. Awesome!
A local bank sponsors the fabulous South Shore Drill Team from Chicago each year.
Even with all the local pride and activity going on, I did manage to finish my layout for the LEO Challenge at Willow Traders. The direction was to use a non-straight edge; I satisfied that with the Bazzill die cut circle (actually, half the circle) and my Fiskars punch. The photo is from 1986, and it's my third child, Jeff, getting ready for his first Trick or Treat experience.
That adorable scarecrow is 24 and a mechanical engineer in Chicago now; and I suppose this Halloween will find him celebrating with his friends in Wrigleyville. *Sigh* But wasn't he cute!? (actually, he still is ... )
Thanks for looking!