When I was visiting my family in south
, this is one event I’m glad I was able
to take in because it brought back fond memories of going to the fair in my
childhood. This was the first time I was
in Texas when
this was going on since I was in my teens. Texas
Sunni's Photo's - From left my sister Scherri, me, my sister Tedo and my niece Jodi
That was still okay and we all enjoyed ourselves, but gave a cheer when the sun went behind a cloud temporarily. It was fun to see the floats go by and the marching bands, but I have to say I was a bit disappointed because there weren’t near as many floats in the parade as when I participated in it years ago. Back then, we had elaborate floats that we worked on decorating all summer.
From my high school - Lamar Consolidated
This parade starts the fair out every year. The town mayors and judges also participate, as well as the beauty queen contestants for fair queen, along with the fire and police departments. It takes two hours for the parade to go by. Everyone taking part marches through two towns that are split only by the overhead railroad tracks. Once the parade is over, everyone heads for the fair.
Of course a fair in Texas wouldn't be complete without a John Deere tractor
I probably had more fun watching my sister’s grandchild watching the parade. He was in awe of the fire trucks who would sound their sirens as they went by. This little kid was also enthralled with the floats carrying people dressed up as animals. Of course, when Mickey Mouse came over to hug him, he was ready to run back to his dad. He also liked the twirlers and cheerleaders who would perform their routines as they marched down the street. He would start dancing and waving his tiny American flag as he stood next to the curb. Many floats threw candy to the kids as well. I seized some of that because we didn’t have any breakfast. By the time we got to the fairgrounds, it was almost noon.
We looked at all the usual exhibits that we looked at as kids. Many of the animals weren’t even in their enclosures yet. As a result, that area smelled a bit cleaner than I remember it. The 4-H kids raise animals every year for the fair.
After we had burgers for lunch, we walked the midway and looked at all the rides and food stands. Many were the same, but some were different than they had years ago.
We should have gone back in the evening when they had the judging and the fireworks, but we were off on some other family adventure.