Larry & Lee Ann's Journey travel blog

Our buddy Mitch, AKA 'General George Custer'....

View off to our right...

There are 'real' cowboys here in South Dakota...

Love the colts...

'Ride 'em' cowgirl, err 'stand 'em' cowgirl...

No parade would be complete without a marching band...

We like this float and it's message!

Our VFW buddy, Virgil...

Here comes the Class of 1945!

And sweet Miss Lila, she's a hoot, we just love her!

The class of 1960 was energetic!

Most of the participants throw candy, toys, even hot dogs to the...

Here comes the Flintstone brigade...

Here's Fred, yabba dabba dooo!

Did I mention that the kids get candy and sometimes get hit...

Pretty...

And of course Dr. Sweetwater is here again this year....

No parade would be complete without a fire truck & dalmatian....

And the cowboy riding the cement mixer, saddle and all...

The parade is over now, we're walking down the street to the...

There's a small museum at the park...

A look inside...

A bit of info for you...

Plenty of vendors and their wares....

And 'General & Mrs George Custer' were happy to pose with us...


We loaded up at 9:30am and headed downtown to lock up our spot for the parade. Dick had to work this morning so Larry, Lou & I went together. We set chairs up in our annual spot just in front of the t-shirt store Lou works at and made our way to the bakery for a cup of coffee and a caramel roll. Well coffee for the two of them anyway. I still haven't developed a taste for it after all these years. It always smells good when brewing but I can't gag the stuff down. And Larry & I split the caramel roll as it was BIG!

The parade started promptly at 10am and ran for almost two hours. There were 11 class reunions participating this year, the oldest a 65 year reunion! Wow, that was a while ago. Our friend Lila was participating in her 1931 Model A with a 1926 model driver! And there was a sign stating, ' We are not antiques, we are colletibles'. I think they meant 'collectibles' but cute nevertheless....

Our friend Mitch impersonates 'General George Custer' here in town year round and does a great job! What a town mascot he is, always smiling and friendly. And our friend from the VFW, Virgil rode his bike this year as well. I guess when you come to a town for five years in a row and haunt the same places you're bound to make a few friends. And we certainly have. Makes it all the more special to watch them participate in the area activities. The weather was absolutely gorgeous and we had a great morning.

We normally go to the senior center for lunch each year after the parade for their sloppy Joe lunch but we were all still full from our earlier visit to the bakery. So we decided to make a quick stop at the art fair and then head home, rest for an hour or so, and then head back for the car show. So, I'll save this afternoon's pics for the next post. There's plenty from the parade to share for now. See you later...



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