Started the day with buckwheat cakes...still yummy!...and a friend who has not been to the BWF for about 30 years! She had a great time visiting with lots of people that she had not seen for years. It is a harvest homecoming. Here she is with Stevie...
We went to the school to see my little darlings, who are on the royalty court, before they come out for the coronation. This is the last year that I will have little ones on the Children's Court. They look so sweet all dolled up.
Next, off to the coronation. In the old days, I used to be in charge of the whole field presentation, but it is nice now to just go and enjoy. It is a little bit gratifying to see that they still use some of the changes that I instituted. There are senior princesses and escorts and the king and queen are chosen from this group during a pageant in May. There are junior princesses and flower girls. There are 2 crown bearers and 2 train bearers. In the really old days, the king was chosen by who grew the best buckwheat and the girls were escorted by ROTC cadets in uniform. In the early old days of my time here they used to gather laurel branches to create the staging for the coronation...now, not so much. My very favorite part is when they say each year, "Attention, all ye people of the mountains. I present to you Queen Ceres and King Buckwheat." I love that part and the view of the mountains behind it all...ahhh, tradition! Anyway, here are a few pictures.
Preston High JROTC...we started with the pledge, Star Spangled Banner
and a prayer...we ended with a prayer, too.
They use the ministers from the home churches of the King and Queen.
I love living in this place where praying is still OK.
My 2 handsome darlings. Don't tell them I said that.
The whole court seated after a long series of introductions with
their parent's names and school affiliations. The little ones are trying
to get their sweaters on...it was quite cool out. By the end, the boys
had shared their jackets with the girls. Sweet.
After the coronation we were off to the crafts again...I bought more scarves...no, wait! They are for gifts. Probably. : )
This is one of about 4 craft halls. A nice variety....
Hey. What is this crowd all about?
OH YEAH! Teddy bear suckers! In oh, so many flavors. But who cares about that, really?
Cinnamon is the only flavor you need.
Back outside we go to see the parade.
This is right before the parade started. Sharing a little love.
This is the Challenge Academy. It is an amazing program through the National Guard that gives
kids having trouble in high school, for any number of reasons, another chance.
We don't have any middle schools big enough to have their own band anymore, so they unified!
They all march in their home school's uniform and they are always the first
band in the parade.
My favorite float. See how big the puppies are? See the people?
And Tow Mater!
Patriotic Pride...an Aurora Tradition. Here is where I started crying.
These old gentlemen in uniform waving proudly. People on the curbs
standing. The young boy beside me calling out, "We appreciate your service."
...this tiny little band following behind and playing God Bless America.
That's what it is all about.
People bundled and huddled on the benches. Remember the benches?
The last band of each parade is always Preston High School.
End of parade...walking in the streets.
Onto the fairgrounds.
The hot dog stand where you get one of my favorite fair foods....
....french fries! With vinegar and salt. They cut and fry them all day for four days!
Eat the french fries while you walk up the street to buy another favorite fair food...
...corn dogs!Have a look at the sky and head for home....
It was a cold and windy day and it rained just a bit, but I was there with friends and some of my little darlings and it was good.
Supposed to be colder and wetter tomorrow...some years are just like that!