Wednesday, July 25, 2012


July 24 is the day pioneers arrived in the Salt Lake Valley in 1847. 
In honor of the event Utah takes the day off and dances in the streets.

DH and I like to visit our daughter and her family in Logan 
because their party is just the right size for fun. 
The parade starts at noon with flags, firemen and a huge fire engine.

Much to the delight of the young ladies in the crowd there is a plethora of princesses.

Not everybody is impressed with princesses.

Free toys are a different story.

Lots of antique automobiles.

A convertible that comes with four on the floor,
 red spokes, hand saw and a spare chicken.

We were at the end of the parade route so the candy-tossers were 
either out of ammo or trying to get rid of all their supply in the last few blocks.

Speaking of ammo—this group was dousing down the crowd 
that had been waiting in the hot sun for quite a while. 

My favorite parade entry.  Serious auto envy.

Adjourn to the park for fun things to do like; face painting,
 crafts, hair coloring and a watermelon eating contest.

The grandkids were no match for the kids with the big mouths and stomachs,

but when the winners were announced the other contestants
 were able to savor the rest of their melon.

The park was filled with booths and barbecue.

There was plenty of square dancing available to be enjoyed 
with no restrictions on the age of the participants.

All I needed was O-66 or B-8 to win a BINGO prize,
but fortune was not on my side.

No, I was beat out by DH.  
Lucky for him the prize was dinner for two at a great place to eat.

More dancing for the kids with prizes for everybody on their feet.

This dance was for moms only with more prizes.

Thanks to all pioneers who endure, strive, survive 
and make the way easier for those of us who follow.


Terry and Linda said...

what a cool day you had. we just finished our Delta celebration. You did much better than I on posting what all went on.


Alica said...

Looks like lots of fun! I've been to lots of parades where they toss out candy, but never have been doused with water...that would've felt great!

susan m hinckley said...

Loved this so much! Homesick....*sigh

Sarah said...

What a great day! I particularly liked the watermelon contest-a bit like apple bobbing but in the summer. Also the candy tosser is a new concept to me-I like it!

heyBJK said...

It looks like a great event! Everyone is having tons of fun! Love the shots of the kids!

mybabyjohn/Delores said...

We have candy tossers in our parades too. Thank goodness for the pioneers....we'd be somewhere else without them lol.

Buttons said...

I love this I always loved a parade and a village fair. I was at ours a couple of weeks ago and funny thing I needed the same number as you in Bingo strange. I did not win either. Love the shots everyone brightly dressed and smiling.
Yes your last line is what it is all about:) B

Joanne said...

Allemande's been years. What a great small town celebration. Especially the watermelon.

Linda Sue said...

The first photo of the dancing polka dots! Awesome! You should paint that girl in the navy blue polka dots- she is so happy!
Kids face first in watermelon! Adorable!

CarrieBoo said...

I'm gettin' to the end of the parade next time! Nice win, DH! Yeehaa!

laura.forestdreams:) said...

looks like a fun least the weather didn't look to be TOO HOT either!!

love all the pictures!!