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Sunday, August 18, 2013

Country Fun!

We have a family tradition that's been going on since I was a kid.  Every year, a small community near the area I grew up in has a chicken BBQ.  I remember going to it as a kid.  My Dad has continued this, inviting any family members who are available and getting supper for all of us.
The chicken is always good, but I love going and seeing people I know and having a good time with family.  This event always makes me think of small town America.  I've got a bunch of pictures to share and you can let me know if you agree!


They have a community band that's always playing while we wait in line.  They play lots of old songs and many patriotic ones too.

 

Here's a whole bunch of the family.  My brother, 2 sisters and most of their families were all able to come.  The only ones missing were Laura and Aaron at another reunion, Andy in Tennessee and my niece Katelyn who had to work.
 

After we got done eating, we visited the animals in the petting zoo.   



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This was a talented pot bellied pig.  He did all sorts of tricks.

 

This goat was only 2 weeks old

 

How do you like the curls on this sheep?

 

"What you looking at?"

 

After the animals, was a car show...

 

I thought this was a pretty nice truck!

 

And in the country - you look at tractors too!

 

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Thanks Grandpa and Grandma for a fun night!

20 comments:

Blackberry Lane said...

This looks like so much fun! Great to have so many of the family gathered together for good food, sweet animals and vintage cars. I know the music was great too. Thanks for sharing the pics. Have a nice week.

Betsy Brock said...

I agree...small town America at it's finest! It reminds me of our village on Labor Day weekend! So fun...and you can feel the connection of just being together!

Simply Linda said...

Awesome pics! That looks like so much fun. Thanks for sharing. Blessings

Kari said...

what a great tradition. very American and I love that sense of community.
thanks for sharing.

Terri D. said...

Mari, I grew up in a very small town, so this just looks like home to me! My town has a Sweet Corn Festival every year (Labor Day weekend, actually). Pigs are said to be smarter than dogs, and are easily trained. I loved seeing your photos this morning!! They set the tone for my day...happy!! :)

Just Mom said...

I love these kinds of community traditions. There's a potato festival not too far from where we live, and our community really turns out for DQ Blizzard sales and our university's parade.

Connie said...

What fun. You are so fortunate to have your family around.

Connie said...

What fun. You are so fortunate to have your family around.

Susan said...

So wonderful for the whole family to get together like that at such a great event. I love small town America and events like these. Our own Fall Festival will be coming up shortly and we look forward to that each year.

Jean Stauffer said...

I love it! We have a huge event here called the Grange Fair. It goes for ten days, starting this week. Sam and Sammy are coming up next weekend for it and hopefully bringing Destiny along.

linda eller said...

That is 'real' fun to me. Love the animals, the band and really all of it. Great way to get the family together.

Cheri said...

It was a very fun night. Love that we still get to enjoy it. Laughed a bit at your last line you wrote- Thanks Grandpa and Grandpa!

Jennifer said...

Looks like lots of fun! I love events like that. I'm glad you were able to go. The animals look really nice!

Sylvia said...

Looks such fun Mari - and to enjoy it with nearly all the family. Perfect.

Nancy said...

Mari, what a great family tradition. I think I remember you posting about it last year...It looks like lots of fun and it seems these kind of events make the best memories.....

Jenny the Pirate said...

What a great time. I love stuff like this. I don't know what looks like more fun ... the critters on y'all's plates or the ones off the plates. LOL

LL Cool Joe said...

And these photos sum up what I love about America. You know how to celebrate in a good old fashioned way. Wonderful.

thirstysouthernsoul said...

A petting zoo??!! That's awesome!!!!

Cherdecor said...

That curly sheep. I want one! I love sheep anyway, but one with all the curls, that has to be the prettiest one I have seen for a while.

Kim said...

I LOVE small town events like this! And I agree that the best part is getting to see people you don't see very often.