Here's a scene from the Fish Boil--5 or 6 big iron pots in which they cook the trout or white fish, potatoes, whole onions and spices. They drizzle melted butter over all of that on your plate, and add coleslaw and rye bread. It's pretty yummy, I think, but sometimes waiting in the line to get the tickets to get in makes it easy to bypass it for another year...and that's what we did yesterday. See the line below. I know, no stamina!
But today was the Fall Festival and not-so-daunting lines. The Lions sell brats, hotdogs, and corn, and the fire department sells hamburgers and pop. And then there's beer on the side, of course. And First Lutheran Church sells pieces of pie with ice cream! We brought blueberry and pecan pies.
Somehow we are able to get the University of Minnesota-Duluth (UMD) marching band to come to our celebration to add to the fun. They did a short performance right outside the Town Hall and then marched in the parade later. One of our high school 2014 graduates was supposed to be playing with them today but for some reason the freshman weren't with the group today.
The parade begins at 2pm and we always have good seats right in front of Hoth-Lee Gallery. It takes a while to get everyone lined up so below is the American Legion color guard waiting for the high sign to begin.
Here is a car full of four of our long-time residents of Port Wing. Notice the nicknames. It seems like just about every male over the age of 40 has a nickname, probably given to them from something they did in their younger days. Sometimes if you need to know someone's real first name, other people really have to think about it because the nicknames are so a part of them.
Then come the Port Wing fire engines and emergency vehicles--today there were about five of them. Every entry throws candy, even to old parade-watchers like us!
This vehicle was purchased using funds gathered from the raffle tickets sold at the Fish Boil and other fundraisers. (We won $10 in the raffle, by the way, and a cooler!) This vehicle is used to fight fires and respond to emergencies up in the woods and out in the boonies where trucks sometimes can't go. Always happy to support the fire fighters and EMTs! And may they NOT ever have to come to see us!
UMD Marching Bulldogs again. Don't you love bands?
Along with the Port Wing FD, we also get to see emergency vehicles from the other area towns--Iron River, Herbster and Cornucopia--two or three from each town! You just hope nothing bad happens in the time it takes for the parade to pass by!
And did I mention Blue Ribbons? Another event on Fall Festival day is the Garden Club Flower Show. Leann tried some entries this year and we even got some winners. This flower arrangement below earned a 3rd place or white ribbon.
Those are tiny Tansy flowers in a tiny coffee pot and the pink ones are some other little weed in the tiny cups. This, of course, is the Miniature category and she got another 3rd place.
And as an afterthought, we entered our little cactus in the Succulent category and it earned a Blue Ribbon! The original stem fell off of our 3-foot-tall cactus, so I stuck it in some water and it rooted. And now it's become a prize winner!
And finally, this was the entry from the Museum and Historical Society, and this will be the next big event that I'll be writing about. Smorgasbord--Swedish meatballs, ham, turkey, potatoes, gravy, all kinds of salads and desserts. Saturday, October 11 - Y'all come!
And tomorrow is September? Not possible!