The Old Home Day Parade in August had the best weather ever—warm and sunny but not hot. The theme this year was books, so of course, there was the Bible and then Where the Wild Things Are (my neighbor Jed, who makes Rupert Rising sourdough bread, spent eight weeks part-time on his costumes), If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, The Flour Girl Bakeshop Cookbook, and many more. Fire departments from all around turned out, and the main street in town was lined with spectators starting up by Doug and Michelle’s house and running down past the volunteer fire department. The kids kicked off the parade with maple milkshakes, homemade French fries, and fried dough (known as “appetizers” in our town), and then around 7 p.m., there was the carnival with a Dunk-the-Dope shootout, a Win-a-Cake roulette wheel, Ping-Pong balls thrown at floating fishbowls, and a country band. The fireworks after dark have become high class—we could see them from our farmhouse down the road.
We continued our Saturday Night Movie series upstairs in the barn with Witness for the Prosecution. The kids think that they don’t like old black and white movies, but they loved Charles Laughton and Marlene Dietrich, as well as the surprise ending. Oh, and Tom recently bought two young beagles since Bernadette just died at age nine. She will be sorely missed, as she was the reigning queen of rabbit dogs. She had heart and a great nose, too.
Tom's two new pups. We will start training them this winter for rabbit hunting.
A yearling interested in what I am up to.
One of my upper fields just after I mowed in last August.
My 23-year-old Caroline. She loves farming and, oddly enough, also likes haying.
My farmhouse, an old Victorian. It has two stairwells and a tiny door between the left and right sides upstairs.
An apple tree behind the farmhouse. This is the best year I have ever seen for apples.
The Old Home Day sign is stretched across our main street.
Balloons at the entrance to our local library.
The best seat in the house! This tree was recently blown down and it made for a terrific viewing platform.
The PA system set up outside of the old Sheldon General Store.
A common sight during Old Home Day—an old Farmall.
The parade begins with firemen and lots of fire trucks from all over the area.
My favorite face in the parade. I have been photographing this local for over 10 years.
Men and women are volunteer firefighters. They have to pay for much of their own equipment and spend a huge amount of unpaid time in training.
This year's parade theme was books and so the Bible was the lead-off float.
A very large pie walks down main street.
One of the many books in the parade.
Many of the floats promote local industry such as cheese.
A mouse, er, boy...
Dan and his wife Kelli run the local country store, Sherman's. I didn't get a shot of his entire outfit but it was wild.
Giving out candy to the kids is part of the tradition.
An old-timer with youngsters dressed as old-timers.
These tractors are still used every day around town.