This year, we took a drive up to "Mayberry, USA" (Mt. Airy) because we heard that they have a great parade that's not loaded down with a bunch of political junk; just a good, old-fashioned, small-town parade. And they were right. Having never been there, we didn't know quite what to expect, but it was a very nice little town. I will say that they LIVE off the Andy Griffith tourism stuff, but it's still not overdone.
|Emma looked tired and we hadn't even seen anything yet|
|Olivia waited with barely restrained glee.|
|Olivia waited as each car passed, hoping for some candy to be tossed out. She came home with quite a haul.|
|Yep, that's really Aunt Bee.|
|Ezra loved the big diesel trucks that were in the parade.|
|There were a lot of very pretty classic cars.|
|A very cool portable soda fountain. Too bad it wasn't stocked and open for business.|
|There were even a couple of bluegrass bands.|
|Ezra was excited about the firetruck right up until it blew its horn. It was loud enough to scare all of us.|
|Even the livestock got dressed for the occasion.|
|Olivia got her face painted.|
Later that afternoon, we had some fun and games with friends.
|We only had 2 potato sacks, so we did head-to-head sprints. The bag was almost big enough for Olivia to get lost in, but she did really well.|
|Rebecca took on a few of the kids and taught them important lessons in losing.|
|Even the old guys got into the act. It's not as easy as I remember, but it was just as fun.|