For some reason or another, Jim and I have missed this festival each year, even though it is held in the same town as the campground we stay at; either we are already out of the area or we have other plans on that weekend. Well, FINALLY we were going to be able to attend. Yippee!
I happened to speak to a couple in the campground a couple of days before the festival. (The campground was totally full due to the festival.) The man recommended that we plan to leave for the festival no later than 9:30 am because it gets SO crowded and parking is a rare commodity. In fact, people start parking miles away from the festival, pay $5, and get BUSSED to the area.
I mentioned to my daughter what our plans were, and since her husband was busy on Saturday, Jessica thought she'd come out with Lily (granddaughter), and we'd drive to the festival in her car. Jess arrived around 9:20 am on Saturday, we piled in the car, and off we went. I was surprised that we drove right into town and there was parking available.
"Wow," I said. "We really got here early."
There wasn't much happening. We saw a group of people down the street and walked down to see what was happening there.
There was an auction going on.
We turned around and walked down the main street, turned down another street when we saw some booths being set up.
I have to admit that I was a wee bit disappointed. You call this a festival?
I stopped to ask some passerby what was going on.
"Excuse me. Are you from around here?"
"Yes, I live in this town," the woman answered, standing next to I assume her mother.
"Well, when does the festival start? It looks pretty dead around here." I said.
"The festival is TOMORROW." She was kind enough not to laugh at me.
"Really? How did I miss that?"
So Saturday was a practice run. (You know, come to think of it, I DID think it was funny that the couple who told us to leave early was still at their camper when we left!)
Unfortunately Jessica had plans for Sunday, so Jim and I had to take Big Blue and drive down.
We decided it best if we left even earlier.
So we were on our way by 9:00 am.
We got about a mile from the campground and saw people already parking in a remote parking area.
But we took our chances and continued into town.
The good news is that we found parking right up front.
The bad news is that we paid $10 to park.
But we could leave when we wanted to and not have to wait for a shuttle bus.
I'm glad we came when we did. It wasn't too crowded yet.
The streets that were barren the day before were now lined with wall-to-wall vendors selling all kinds of things like:
|airplanes made from pop cans|
|Or do you prefer Coke?|
|beautiful hand-made wooden rolling pins|
|See the turkey in the leaf?|
Here's someone who said "YES" when I asked.
Meet Michael Kilby.
He is a young entrepreneur and CEO of the company Subtle Tees, a fun T-shirt company. Here's the way it works:
Shirt Color + Word = a phrase = a SubtleTee
|For example: Solid Gold, Sky Blue, etc.. Get it?|
|Aren't these fun?|
There is all kinds of food available at the festival. Starting with breakfast.
This is before the lunch rush.
Mmmmm......can't you just smell those brats cooking?
I was tempted, but I wanted to taste the Burgoo, because, c'mon it IS the Burgoo Festival, right?
It was a beautiful, extremely warm fall day, and I felt sorry for the cooks of the burgoo, stirring the stew over hot coals.
|Jim gobbling up the burgoo|
This is a shot of Main Street before it got really crowded.
One thing I love to do is capture the feeling of the crowd; to try to get some photos of people unaware, or to ask if I can take their photos. The following are just that.
|Awesome paint job!|
|Doesn't this just warm your heart?|
When I asked the woman in this next photo if I could take her picture she said, "You KNOW why I'm wearing this hat, right? I'm selling them! I don't normally walk around with a hat like this!" The name of her booth? "STUFF"
|Some people brought their dogs; this woman chose to CARRY hers!|
|Man blowing into a lizard's tail....it's kind of a flute. whatever!|
|Doesn't everybody dye their hair to match their pants?|
|I don't care what anybody says....this is downright freaky!|
And finally, here's a middle-aged couple taking time out to rest and sip on their bloody mary drinks. Hey - doesn't matter that it was about 10:00 am. It's 5 o'clock SOMEWHERE, right?
I hope you enjoyed spending the day with me at the Burgoo Festival!