60th Annual Jefferson County Watermelon Festival
Yesterday morning we got up bright and early to get the kids ready for the 60th Annual Watermelon Festival parade. Julia and Becks were going to ride on the float with the other baby photo contest winner while Mason, Charlotte and I were going to find a good place to watch them roll by and take pictures.
The parade was scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. and we drove up to the float to meet the other moms at 9:45 a.m. It was a beautiful if hot day for a parade. The sun was shining, there were a few puffy white clouds in the blue sky and the mercury was pushing into the mid-90′s. I was able to pull up next to the float and helped Becks and Julia get situated before trying to find a parking spot.
Downtown was packed and one area was already shut down due to the 5k race. Charlotte, Mason and I eventually found a parking space near an old gas station just south of the courthouse. We parked our car, put Mason in his stroller and walked up to the traffic circle so we would have a good view of the procession.
First past us were police cars from the Monticello Police Department and the Sheriff’s office. They were followed by a bunch of firetrucks. Mason enjoyed the horns and flashing lights and waved to the firefighters as they drove past.
The baby photo contest winner’s float was near the front of the parade and I was able to take some pictures of Becks and Julia as they drove past. The float looked really nice and they got a nice round of applause as they passed the judging stand.
It was a much better reception than Congressman Alan Boyd got. He is not too popular in his home town and was booed as he walked past the parade watchers. I cannot imagine this being the case a few years ago, but lately he has been in lock step with Nancy Pelosi and as a result his reputation as a fiscal conservative has suffered.
The remainder of the parade consisted of the Marine Corp Band out of Albany, Georgia, other civic groups, tricked out cars, politicians and the local semi-pro football team. Mason’s favorites among these were the band and the brightly colored Dodge Chargers and Magnums with their 20 inch wheel and thumping bass. He clapped his hands as they passed by and smiled.
When the parade was over we took a walk around the downtown area where all the booths were. Mason and Julia were getting fussy and since it was so hot we did not stay too long before heading home for a much-needed nap.