The Oregon Summerfest Parade was as good as usual this year. I humbly offer these few observations.
Brett Davis was the only State politician in attendance. It's been a long time since I was at a parade with more firetrucks than pols. Where were you Senator Erps?
Marching band participation is way down, continuing a sad trend. Sun Prairie and Oregon were smaller than I remembered but the band from Sandwich IL was decimated and the once-mighty Dakota IL band couldn't even muster a horn line. Thankfully, Lakeside and the Lutheran Vanguard were on hand to blow the dump down.
The Road to Hell may or may not be paved with good intentions and the Streets of El Dorado may or may not be paved with gold but the road past Kwik Trip is positively paved with Tootsie Rolls and Dum Dums. Seriously, it's time to rethink throwing candy to dwindling crowds.
Being the third group handing out freeze pops has to be as demoralizing as being the first is expensive.
Handing out crayons to the toddlers is a wonderful alternative to candy. Winging crayons out onto hot asphalt to be run over by antique John Deeres is a little less wonderful.