July 4th!!

How was your 4th?
Ours was full of the usual traditions. The first of which was driving to Harrisburg for their annual parade. Harrisburg is a small, one traffic-light farm town. Their billboard along the freeway advertises that they are the “Grass Seed Capital of the World”. The surrounding farmland shows that they are just that.

We arrive at the parade route nearly 2 hours before the parade begins.............and then wait

We arrive at the parade route nearly 2 hours before the parade begins………….and then wait


Before the parade even started this wood burning steam engine slowly made it's way along the route

Before the parade even started this wood burning steam engine slowly made it’s way along the route


Finally, when the parade started, it was led by the bucket drummers, who did a very good job keeping a beat.

Finally, when the parade started, it was led by the bucket drummers, who did a very good job keeping a beat.

Just one of many firetrucks, representing several communities and towns

Just one of many firetrucks, representing several communities and towns


A symbol of the farm community.  Combines aplenty!

A symbol of the farm community. Combines aplenty!


John Deere was well represented!

John Deere was well represented!


After the parade, we went home to relax (and for some of us, take our contact lenses out for awhile). The afternoon usually involves a lunch of veggie burgers, potato salad, baked beans and chips (for those who don’t eat potato salad). watching “Independence Day”, and maybe take a nap.
In the evening, we ordered a pizza and drove back to Harrisburg for their fireworks along the banks of the Willamette River. We like to arrive early to get a good spot, eat our pizza, maybe walk down to our church’s elephant ear booth, visit with friends, and best of all, people watch (The drunk lady who was cheering on the fireworks with beer-bottle salutes and dancing was interesting. Hopefully she had someone to take her home. She did make the evening memorable though).
Dusk along the Willamette River

Dusk along the Willamette River


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