Sunday, July 19, 2015

Mother Nature said..."Forget the hay".

 “Go to the fair instead” and so I did.

Fly the pleasure that bites tomorrow.
                       George Herbert


Friday night was to be the night of the big tractor pull at our local fair. My Hero was rather excited. I have to admit, I enjoy it but by the end of the night, well you know. Just before we were to leave the farm, those skies opened up and it poured and poured heavy rain. We knew that there was a probability of rain all week, so we had not cut any hay. This turned out to be a very good thing.


I went to the fair, My Hero stayed home thinking the tractor pull would not go ahead---- he was right. When I was pulling in, a trailer pulling a tractor was exiting the fairgrounds. Oh well, I knew there was pie for sale at the church booth, I like pie. It turns out it was so quiet because of all the tractor pull people not attending, that there was no one buying pie, so it had shut down early. I did not get any pie but I did however wander around the midway. There were a few brave individuals out and enjoying the rides. I finally went home knowing that the big parade through the village was the next morning and I wanted to get there early.


Now, every year since I was about six, my Mom had gone to this parade. I was going to go and take photos and reminisce about past parades while enjoying the familiarity of it all and remembering her. It is a small parade but with a big hearted bunch of loyal followers and participants. This has never changed and that is why it has so much appeal to me. There was a little bit of everything, and some surprises too.


I walked along the parade route with my camera while waiting for the parade to begin. Like in any small town I stopped and hugged people that I have known all my life and had grown up with. Friends that I have accumulated over the years were also waiting for this year’s parade. There was something very different this year though. It seems there are people that I do not know but somehow know me through my column in the newspaper, and they would approach me. Even with my purposely deceptive photo at the top of every story, it seems I have been found out. I realized this when a woman asked me, as I was running by to get a shot of the parade “Where is your Hero?” I smiled and replied that he had gone to an auction, and she actually understood what that meant and laughed. I thought that this was very funny. Taking photos during the parade was a bit uncomfortable. It was extremely hot and humid.


I wandered around the fair after the following the parade into the fair grounds. I took a bunch of photos and chatted with a lot of friends but I left after having a piece of pie. I wanted to see more of the horse pull but the heat had zapped my energy. I headed home knowing that the Battle of the Bands was on that night and it was going to be a late event.

Do you remember the woman above, who asked about My Hero? Well that same woman on seeing me again that evening at The Battle of the Bands concert, asked me if that was My Hero. I had to say yes, even if it was not because we were holding hands. Don’t you think? Oh don’t worry, it was. He now thinks that after this woman asked about him and I said yes, that he will never be able to go anywhere incognito again. I think it is funny. I am not exactly sure what he really thinks about it.


The Battle of the Bands was exciting and what a great mix of bands it had. I have always enjoyed all musical genres. I especially enjoy watching talented musicians with their skills at playing the different instruments. Rockin’ the night away with good music is always a good thing. My Hero and I stayed till midnight. Turns out the band we voted for won. Congratulations to Forty Seven Teeth, a talented group of young people. Look out music world here they come.


I love this weekend so far, with the non-haying Friday and Saturday. It is now Sunday as I am writing this, and the demolition derby will be happening very soon. It is already extremely hot and humid, so I am not sure if we are going to make it. Thanks Mother Nature for your great timing with the rain. By the way, this having fun and not working in the hay thing is exhausting, but I am having a ball.


Later

28 comments:

  1. I am so happy to hear that you are having a ball.
    And loving your fifteen minutes of fame. And your heroes reflected fame...

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  2. People like to rub shoulders with celebrity... I'm glad you enjoyed some time at the fair with your Hero. Too bad about the tractor pull being cancelled. I used to love going to see the quilts and veggie and flowers exhibits but I haven't been to the fair in years. We also used to bring cows and calves at the fair but we don't have enough time or manpower for that...

    I sure hope that you get good haying weather. Those poor cows will need hay for the cold winter ahead. It's a good thing that the haying season gets extended.

    For the first time in 30 years we have our first cut done in Mid July. It's usually much later before we are done the first cut. We still have the second cut to do. My husband said about 1500 big bales so far. We sold over 100 to a farmer right from the field. The wether had been good for a change and when it rained it wasn't much.

    We hit it just right as this week is rainy weather for us. Hang in there...
    Hugs,
    JB

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  3. Gotta make hay when the sun shines and go to the fair when it doesn't! Looks like a fun time! Forty Seven Teeth now that is a name to remember:)

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  4. cute story about your Hero...perhaps a trifle disquieting though. still raining here, no hay cut yet. God has a plan...I keep telling myself, albeit a little weaker.

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  5. What a wonderful post. We all need some rainy days. I am glad you were able to enjoy the fair if not the tractor pull.

    Now I can say, I "know" two famous people. Congratulations.

    We peaked at 104 F today. I did not test the outside air. We have been working out in this every day and avoiding looking at the thermometer. In my mind, that helps. When I come in and know it was over a hundred with an unknown heat index, I think, Wow, I did pretty good. It didn't feel that hot.

    Next week A is gone to camp for a full week and I will be tearing apart his "wing" of the house, getting things ready for his last year of high school. Every event this year will be bitter sweet.

    Have a blessed week, dear Buttons.

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  6. Pleasing to know you are having fun....always have fun, it's good...Hugs M xxx

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  7. All those people who have learned to love you, as we do... isn't it a wonderful thing! Heading off on an impromptu anniversary trip shortly, take care of yourself!

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  8. Sounds better than making hay...except for the heat and humidity...but, it wouldn't be hay or fair time without it.

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  9. My girls love Fair week! Looks like a good time.
    Our hay is getting mowed today, have our fingers crossed that the weatherman is right and no rain this week...

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  10. Glad you had a good time at the fair. Sounds like lots to do, people to see and fun to have. Yea for you!

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  11. Glad you had a chance to go to the parade and fair. Traditions are important.

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  12. B,

    The yearly town fair is always so much fun to attend. You run into people you haven't seen in a while, and get to socialize.
    I always enjoy all the things to see, including the parade. Enjoying some homemade pie, and a cold refreshing drink. Right now, were
    having peach festivals...................and guess what's common at this festival..............peach pie!!!
    Hugs,
    Sandy

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  13. I love these types of fairs. I was told the horse pulling thing was cruel??? I enjoy the mud bog vehicle thing, so exciting!!

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  14. Happy to see you had a good time at the fair. Too bad about not being able to buy some pie.

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  15. What fun. Sad to say our county fair is slowly dying out as few family farms and participants remain. They still carry on but this year, for the first time, there wasn't even as Midway....:(

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  16. You trip to the fair had all kinds of bonuses. Local fairs are great and when you are a local celebrity it's super.

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  17. Having fun can be very tiring! It's funny what we learn about each other through our writing. Breckenridge used to have such a small-town atmosphere, but then the tourists came... I liked reading about your fair and the events.

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  18. This was such an interesting read...and the heat zaps my energy now. I don't have to be out in it any time till I am ready to sit down in some AC.

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  19. Having fun can be more tiring than a full days work...but oh, the memories.

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  20. Oh, that really sounds (and looks) like so much fun!

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  21. Sounds like fun, Buttons! A good way to beat the heat!

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  22. Hello, the parade, fair and the battle of the bands all sound like fun times. You hero will have to start wearing shades and go incognito. I hope all goes well for your haying! Have a happy week!

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  23. sounds like such fun times, you are always having a ball!!

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  24. What a lovely country day! And your Hero better get used to a little fame because I so hope your stories will be read and enjoyed by more and more folks.

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  25. Sounds that you have wonderful day in the fair....

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  26. I love parades! Our little town has an annual Fourth of July parade, where every piece of farm equipment and every fire truck for 30 miles is paraded by. I'm glad you got to enjoy the fun - there will always be haying... xoxo

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  27. You are having far too much fun lately, it can't be good for you :p

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