Sunday, August 4, 2013

Summer Photo Dump series... #3

Ashland Stir-Up Days

Every July, our town has a festival called "Stir-Up Days".  There are lots of activities surrounding the event throughout the weekend.  There are numerous "feeds" for lunch, breakfast and dinner; a street dance for grown-ups, a pool party for teens, a car show, an art show, carnival games, eating contests etc., etc.... our favorite event is the Stir-Up Days parade.

Thomas waiting downtown for the parade to appear.

Right after the opening color guards come the fire trucks!

Sarah was one of the many little girls performing their cheer/dance camp routine at the parade along with the
 Ashland-Greenwood High School Spirit Squad.

Candace and Sarah after their parade performance.

Here come the antique tractors!

Nicely groomed alpacas... why the heck not?


Crop sprayer... it's a rural area.

Heavy construction equipment...
 Anna's friend's dad owns this business.  :)

No parade is complete without Shriners in antique cars...

or Shriners in tiny cars...

 or Shriners in go-karts...

 or Shriners on tandem bicycles.

For a nice quiet activity, we enjoyed the art show at Saint Stephen's... Nebraska's oldest church building.  Alas, it no longer has a congregation and is maintained by the Historical Society.

The kids created sidewalk art at St. Stephen's.

 Candace creating her masterpiece.

 Technically not a part of Stir-Up Days, but Thomas did take swimming lessons all week.  He's a natural.