Saturday, May 23, 2009

One more reason I love living in a small town. . . .

There's just something about a small town parade that makes me burst with civic pride, makes me want to go join something, and makes me think about Mom, baseball and apple pie!!! Wonder why that is??

In most towns that have a parade on Memorial Day weekend, it is usually in honor of the holiday, but in our little town (and i do mean little) it is to kick off the festivities for a festival we have been having for 20 years: The Buford Pusser Festival, always held on Memorial Day weekend. In case you haven't heard, Mr. Pusser was a very famous sheriff around these parts. So famous in fact that he has had scores of books written about him and four movies made of his life and times.
Our town boasts a museum that is housed in the sheriff's former residence and throngs of visitors flock here each year to tour the museum and to participate in the festival. Now, let me get back to the parade.

Along with the dignitaries (and Elvis) riding in converibles, we have a brigade of law enforcement and emergency vehicles.

The children, as well as the adult onlookers, get a kick out of seeing who they know that might be riding in the parade.

After the parade, we all go to the city park, where a carnival with rides, games and lots of food is set up. All kids of activities have been going on throughout the week leading up to
Saturday's events.

The reason all this makes me love living in a small town (among other reasons to numerous to post) is simply because I love the down-homeness of it all, the fact that I know nearly everybody in town and that they all turn out for and support this type of event. I love it that simple events are still a very BIG DEAL!!!


Laura said...

Thank looks like such wonderful fun.

You have it all- a small town, friends , and family.

have a wonderful weekend.


Goosegirl said...

Oh Sara, it looks so fun. I love small town parades. Our town has them too, as well as every kind of festival. So fun!

The Stylish House said...

I got such a warm and inviting feeling getting a glimpse into your home town! It truly is Americana at its finest, where you know your neighbor and help each other in time of need. You are blessed living in such a wonderful place. ~Cathy~

Feedsack Fantasy said...

Our little town is much like the one you describe. Unfortunately, growth is too quickly encrouching ...

Love your post. Great photos.
TTFN ~ Marydon

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