Here is how it begins each year....
Billboards in the neighboring towns.
All of the trash barrels.
The benches. The hot dog stand is in the background and this is the field where the fair is set up.
My school is right behind the hot dog stand in this picture.
Can you imagine how excited the kids get?
Here's the link to my blog from last year at this time...might as well use the excitement
when you are a teacher practically in the middle of the fairgrounds.
The street banners go up all over town.
Advertising the big concert.
One of the porta potty phalanxes arrive.
Setting up the commercial exhibits tent. One of many tents.
Ahh. The rides arrive.
More tents up and some of the trash barrels from earlier photo placed about.
More rides. See the benches and the field behind them all filled up now?
And tonight, they are having the rides open for the 1st time and they call it Suicide Night. Scary! But when I drove by tonight after serving buckwheat cakes at my church, it was full of people having fun.
I will take more pictures this weekend to show you how our sweet, sleepy little town of about 3000 swells to a raucus and rowdy 100,000 or so. Buckwheat Festival weather is deemed a success if it doesn't monsoon. They are predicting a possibility of snow and a high of 42 on Saturday. Can't wait to show you some more of my favorite festival! Stay tuned.