We went on Friday evening while the booths were still being set up. Though there were no booths we mostly just went to ride some rides. Though I think the rides were pretty lame I can't help but wonder if this is just what happens when you are an adult. Carnival rides just aren't as cool as your memory captures. Nonetheless, J had a great time! The beer garden was open, the music was great, and the locals were out! For the several hours on Friday there were familiar faces everywhere!
Before the parade we went to the Kiwanis Pancake breakfast! The pancakes were good, the community was awesome. People were chatty. Seriously it was a lovely little small town event.
We walked in the Children's Parade with Creative Preschool. (we love J's preschool!). Then after we walked we stopped at the end of the route and watched the rest of the parade. It was fun! Very fun. Actually walking in the parade gave us a good sense of everything that was going on.
After the parade we had hoped to peruse the booths and stuff. But it was so so so crowded. Lesson learned! We won't do that again.
Later that evening we went back with some guests who had arrived and walked around and J rode some more rides. It was fun.
Finally, on Saturday night S and I went up to the music in the streets. It was fun to walk the streets at night, to dance in the street, and to enjoy. It is such an intimate thing with one's town to dance in the streets. The relationship with place changes when you have used it as a dancefloor!
All in all, this festival only contributes to our love for this Island. We had fun! And it was just enough for our family!