Friday night was the local festival in our city. It is always a great time, Boo and Hunter look forward to it each year. Hunter wasn’t here this year, but he will benefit from his sister’s talent, that is for sure (more on that in another post).
This year, we went on Friday night, because it was supposed to rain Saturday. Perfect, because another local band was playing and we wanted the chance to see them.
The festival has a carnival, fireworks and not one, but two parades. While we will miss one parade, we might get to the other.
The carnival is small scale, only a couple rides and three or four games. Politics was huge this year, as our city is in the middle of a financial crunch of their own doing. City Council and Mayoral election booths were set up along the way.
Boo loves the rides. This year, she is to big for the toddler rides, and not quite big enough for the big kids rides without her brother (I don’t do rides…ever. The Ferris Wheel makes me sick). So, she had the giant slide, flying alien ships and the swings.
And like so many other times, I ran into someone I haven’t seen in 5 years. She walked right up, and I squealed like a little kid. It was great to see her, and I can’t wait to catch up on what has been going on.
This year, they had a Mechanical Bull, and of course Hubby and a couple of his friends had to try it out. They all fit in perfectly with their lids (hats) and wranglers. The band made it even better.
After some fair snacks, we settled in to listen to the music. Boo noticed some kids walking around with crazy hair, so asked if we could take a look. I didn’t want to get her hair painted, but I let her get face painted and a hair accessory that lights up. It is pretty cool. She was happy, and it got better form there.
We found a booth that had light up necklaces that don’t die after one night. They are battery operated, and have about 5 settings. Hers had a dolphin attached to it. She loves it! She begged to wear it to bed, but I could only imagine the light coming from her room if we let that one happen.
The firework show was wonderful. We always sit right below the hill, so we lay back and watch the show. They always seem to top the last year, and this year was no exception. Boo had the best sound effects (Ooooo, Ahhhh, Wow). It is fun to listen to her.
City carnivals are always the best. You run into people you hardly see, spend a night with friends and good times.
And there is more to the story…for another day.