Sunday, September 15, 2013

Bureau County Homestead Festival

My previous post was on my Class Reunion which are always held on Homestead Festival Weekend.  The Bureau County Pork Producers are the sponsors but it is the Homestead Festival Planning Committee that does a ton of work getting ready each year.  Kudos to the committee.

The Festival opens on Friday night with pulled pork sandwiches being served, an opening ceremony and a dance with music provided by the Generics. 

Saturday gets and early start with the Beta Sigma Phi Craft show at the Courthouse Square and across the street the Pork Producers serving up Pork Chop sandwiches or Pork Chop dinners.  Rod and I took Harry Potter and Indiana Jones, our Australian Shepherds, up to the craft show.  Since Harry Potter is a therapy dog and Indiana Jones is a therapy dog-in-training.  The craft show provides many training experiences, i.e. children, noises, smells, other dogs, and traffic.
Harry is on the left and Indiana on the right.
Indy greatly improved in the first hour.  He gets very excited about the kids petting on him and wants to jump on them.  He changed quickly and learned to just lay down and wait while we visited.  Of course, Harry is the professional and sets a good example.
I wished I had taken more pictures this weekend so to share more of the sights we experienced.
I really got wrapped up in visiting with many folks that I only see this time of year. 
Rod and I spent a lot of time with Norine (on the right) and Carmen (left) before the parade.  Norine and her husband watched the parade with us and later we hooked up to have dinner at the Wyanet VFW Hall.  This was Fred Potter's idea and his wife and daughter also joined us.  Tracy Brenneman, another classmate was also there eating and joined up with us.  Melody Turner Sissel stopped by to catch up with Norine.  What really got me to chuckling, was after dinner we had to move up the bar area so the cleaning crew could clean the dining room.  At the new table we all started talking about our jobs, small businesses and/or blogs.  We all started swapping business cards.  It looked like we had created some new card game!
Sunday included a Flea Market at the Bureau County Fairgrounds, more pork chops, and a car show on Main Street.  We had to take Rod's mom for medical treatment, so I don't know how things went Sunday.  It rained and that may have cancelled a few things.
I am truly blessed to have wonderful friends and classmates. 
Yours in quilting,

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