Country Living Series

Monday, September 28, 2009

Small town celebration

Even though this is our busy season - too busy to attend such large functions as the North Idaho Fair - we always try to attend what is grandiosely called the "Southeast Spokane County Fair" in the nearby town of Rockford, WA (population 500).

It's a charming little farming community that throws a great party, complete with a scaled-down parade, midway, exhibit hall, and livestock exhibits. Here are some photos.




The nice part about small-town parades is any kid can be in the limelight for a few minutes. Cute!



Another nearby town sends its impressively-dressed marching band.


Horses and farming themes are, uh, big.



This was the graduating class of 1959 having its 50th class reunion - a hay ride in the Rockford parade. Gotta love it!


Vendors.


Library sale (our favorite part).


Inside the exhibit hall, I thought this display encapsulated everything. Evidently the judges agreed.


Samples of home canning.


Livestock.


Twin toddlers bravely sitting on the back of an obliging sheep.


4H-ers displaying their prize chickens.


A group of older women singing a cappella in a barbershop quartet-style. Didn't catch the name of the group but they were outstanding.


With midway rides priced into the stratosphere, we allowed the girls to go on one ride. They chose bumper cars.

3 comments:

  1. Absolutely loved this small town parade and fair. Isn't country life great?

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  2. What a wonderful way to kick off the autumn season, and what a great family event! Here in Phoenix we're still dealing with 100+ degrees, and big city fairs are no match for something like this!

    Lisa

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  3. I just found out about your blog from Frugal Living NW, and I am finding it delightful! I live near a little town called Boring, Oregon (really) and totally enjoy your conservative observations (that so echo my own!) If I had my druthers, I would turn my little one acre of home into a mini-farm, a passion I've had ever since I saw mini-cows at the state fair! Never heard of them before, they're about the size of a shetland pony. A minicow, some chickens, ahhhh......but my hubby says I have enough to do with raising 3 kids and going back to school. So I will enjoy your rural blog instead (at least, till I get thru nursing school.....!)

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