I want to say up front that these pictures are not great quality,all have been taken with my iPhone,held in one hand while trying to hold an umbrella over my head with the other.
The weekend of August 22-24 was the annual Corn and Apple Festival in my home town/city.
This event draws people from near and far. Festivities begin on Friday,with at least 7 blocks of the main street blocked off.The street is lined with food booths and vendors of all kinds.At one end,several blocks are designated to amusement rides,a popular spot for kids of all ages.
Saturday morning begins with a parade.Here are my sister,Becky,her granddaughter,Addy and my granddaughter Kai waiting for the parade to begin. It was drizzling constantly,but we toughed it out.
Some of my favourite floats and entries are the marching bands. We didn't have many this year,but I enjoyed this small group as they came by.
Morden is home to peoples from many countries and it was wonderful to see a parade entry consisting of people from many nations.
Of course a parade is not complete without horses. These two riders are friends of mine.A father and daughter team.Dave and Clarissa look very comfortable on their horses.
Sometime during the parade the local firemen come along,looking for donations to the Children's Burn Fund.Lots of funds get dropped in those large fireman's boots.
Neighbouring communities take part as well. This is from Steinbach,advertising the Mennonite Heritage Village.
Morden is home to the Canadian Fossil Discovery Center,so this vehicle is advertising that.
Farmers cannot be left out. This is a far cry from the small tractors I grew up with. Better hope that the crops will be abundant,to help pay for a machine like this.
Not only are the tractors big,but so are the muscles. My nephew Dave is a body builder and works at a gym.He was on the float promoting the gym. With arms like that,I hope he will be around when I need some heavy lifting done.
From pure muscle to pure beauty.I loved this dress,worn by one of the representatives from another country.
Watch for another post about this festival coming in a day or two.
I think you got some great pictures with your iPhone, although I'm sorry the weather didn't cooperate for your Festival. I can't believe the size of the tractor you pictured. It must have cost a fortune!
I love parades! And this one seems to have a little bit of everything. I see us Mennonites are in the parade...do you have many Mennonite churches there? The girls are so cute!! I look forward to the next post.
thank you for inciting us to this delightful event
ALOHA from Honolulu
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Your phone takes good pictures... Looks like you all had a fun time in spite of the weather. This is just one of the things I love about small towns. Parades and all kinds of festivals make life fun! Glad you all enjoyed and glad you shared...
what a great variety! that behemoth tractor! wow!
Looks like a great time in spite of the drizzle.
so the parade ran in the rain and the watchers watched in the rain... i like that big tractor that looks like a tan, and the band looks like it might have had bagpipes. i do love bagpipes... you sure had a lot of different floats...
Small town events are fun. In Portland, OR when they have a parade, you have to camp out 2 days before to have a seat to see it! Not my thing!
...all I can say is "THAT'S a TRACTOR"?
What a great looking parade! I would have sat in the rain for that one too! One side note, I hope you have not been a recipient of any spam coming from my email address...I was hacked. A few of my blogger freinds had noticed an unusual looking emails and headed it off. Everyhting should be fine now but I do apologize if it got to you!!
Ruth, looks like a great community event!
Great pictures, Ruth. I especially like the last one with the beautiful swirl of her skirt. Also Kai and her cousin. They're both beautiful girls. Diane
Ruth: What a fun parade, enjoyed the monster tracked tractor.
Hi Ruth, What a great festival. If you hadn’t mentioned that you were using your iPhone I would never have guessed. Nice pictures! There is certainly a lot of variety in the parade. I wish I had a nephew like you do … and willing to do some heavy lifting … Ruth, you are a lucky lady! Thanks for sharing via your blog and for your kind comments on mine. Wishing you a fine weekend ahead. John
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