We drove up Friday night after work and awoke early Saturday for a eight mile training run through corn fields. It was quite different from our usual route and we enjoyed the change of scenery and gorgeous weather.
Once the run was out of the way and our tummies were stuffed with homemade apple bread, we were ready to get in on the fun. The first event of the morning is the kiddie costume parade. The theme this year was Popcorn and a Movie so most of the costumes were along these lines.
|start of the kiddie parade|
Next up is a bubble gum blowing contest and a popcorn eating contest (also for kids). These are entertaining to watch, especially while enjoying unlimited free popcorn.
|me and gramps|
|mike and uncle kent|
|unlimited free popcorn- yes please|
After the morning fun, we scoped out the fair portion of the festival and headed back to the house for an amazing granny-cooked meal. Next, we claimed our spot in the yard to view the "Giant Parade." We watched all the floats go by and fought some little kids for a few pieces of candy before it was our turn to jump in the parade.
|my aunt and uncles float|
|corn car in the driveway|
|riding in the parade|
The afternoon was spent visiting with family around town and watching the live music.
When Mike saw a Demolition Derby on the schedule, he made sure we were all planning to attend the event out at the town park. I wasn't sure what I was getting myself into...
|the demolition derby arena|
In case you aren't familiar either, the event consists of a giant mud-filled arena and lots of busted cars. They spread out around the ring and at the horn, begin crashing into each other. The last car standing after all the others have died, wins.
|people were creative with their car designs|
|action shot- yes that is lots of mud flying, yes you get dirty|
|there were lots of fires|