This is a summer challenge hosted by Parajunkee. It runs through the month of June and has weekly link-ups.
City Summer Spotlight
In the summer my hometown hosts an annual festival that used to be one of the highlights of the year. In recent years the City Council opted to move it up a month to coincide with the famous Luling Watermelon Thump, which attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors. Many native residents are convinced the city is trying to get rid of the festival. It is no longer the citywide celebration that it used to be, but it is one that I have attended every year of my life – and while in the womb! Last Saturday was the the 47th annual Western Days Festival, and I have attended 28 of those.
Western Days is a local community event that runs for an entire week the fourth week in June. Earlier in the week the city holds several events that finally culminate on Saturday. On Tuesday the Tiny Tot and Miss Western Days Pageants are held. On Thursday the carnival comes to town. The Tennis Court Dance is held on Friday night.
On Saturday a Grand Parade rides through Main Street, where Miss Western Days and her entire court reign. The parade also features all types of entries from floats, classic cars, hot rods, horseback riding groups, restored tractors and more. The parade usually lasts until about noon. Then the crowds head down to the park for a wealth of vendors, concessions, sand volleyball games, softball tournaments, a petting zoo, and other activities for the kids, including a rock climbing wall.
This is also the weekend when all of the classes get together for reunions and reminisce. The elderly always have joint reunions at a local business location to accommodate for the heat, and the younger classes (40 years and below) host their own reunions on their own, typically at someone’s house or property.
For my five year reunion, my class had small kiddie pools and lawn chairs strewn out on the back of a flat-bed 18 wheeler.
Below are some pictures from previous Western Days Festivals.