Festival is a blast. It starts with a morning parade with all the expected small-town kitsch (the Town Crier in full costume, police on horseback, firetrucks, homemade floats, Brownie and gymnastics troops, bagpipe bands, clowns handing out candy to kids along the route.)
Everyone heads back to the hometown for Festival.
Face painting, cotton candy, arts and crafts outside the art gallery, a petting zoo by the arena, and finally the Crazy Craft race at the pond where the entertainment is in the splash wars and who will fall in first rather than anyone actually rounding the buoys and finishing the race.
The rest of the afternoon is then spent on our favourite patio with a few pints while we people watch.
Festival has always been one of my favourite family field trips, and I'm so glad my kids are growing up with the same family traditions and memories I've always cherished.
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