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Small Town Pride

Ready to go home after a long, exciting day!

Ready to go home after a long, exciting day!

Maybe in my youth!

Maybe in my youth!

Local characters greeting their fans!

Local characters greeting their fans!

There were several floats carrying royality.  In a small community everyone has a chance to shine!

There were several floats carrying royality. In a small community everyone has a chance to shine!

We especially enjoyed seeing all of the beautiful horses!

We especially enjoyed seeing all of the beautiful horses!

Thank you vets!

Thank you vets!

Games for the kids!  Has anyone ever actually one one of these?

Games for the kids! Has anyone ever actually one one of these?

Ribbon winners!

Ribbon winners!

Gorgeous!

Gorgeous!

This is my favorite!

This is my favorite!

This beauty loved interacting with the fair visitors.

This beauty loved interacting with the fair visitors.

This girl was so sleepy but didn't want to disappoint her visitors!

This girl was so sleepy but didn’t want to disappoint her visitors!

Cute beyond words!

Cute beyond words!

What festival is complete without these silly photo boards!  Doug and I can never pass by without taking a few snap shots.

What festival is complete without these silly photo boards! Doug and I can never pass by without taking a few snap shots.

The live music gave people the opportunity to rest under a shady tree but I spotted a few dancers in the crowed!

Live music by the river.

Small towns may be short on the many amenities such as malls, museums and theaters but they are long on spirit! This weekend we hopped on our bikes and headed for the county fair. The festivities included rides, farm animals, a parade and of course a 4H building which showcased the accomplishments of the local youth. We’ve been to many of these types of festivals over the years, but this time we really took it in by appreciating the efforts and joy of the community. How proud everyone was to show off their best chicken, sell their wares, or ride on a float. The personal investment of each participant was evident in their smiles, greetings, and enthusiasm for the day’s events. We felt lucky to be a part of it and hope you enjoy a few snapshots of the day. May July 4th give you reason to pause and take pleasure in your neighbors wherever you may be.