Harvest Festival Parade?
Well, last weekend’s parade sure put me in the holiday spirit–Christmas, that is.
I’ve been proud of our ag producers this year. We’ve been blessed with better-than-usual rainfall, beautiful crops, and the cotton prices are even looking good. Terry County is all the buzz in the grape world. It is expected to be the largest producer of wine grapes east of the Rockies when this season is over. Chamber brochures and street flags depicting our crops advertised our Terry County Harvest Festival–but–I went to the parade and wondered what had happened to fizzle the enthusiasm about this year’s harvest.
Don’t get me wrong. All 37 minutes of the parade were great. It would have been a super Christmas parade. (I wish we would have one.) However, Christmas trees, holiday floats and, especially, Santa Claus just didn’t celebrate Harvest Festival for me. I chuckled to myself when I saw a nativity scene pass by. “Oh, I get the harvesting part,” I told my dog, anxiously looking for some kid to pet him. “Maybe the underlying theme is harvesting souls!”
Seriously though, I still think almost everyone loves a parade. I saw Larry Gilbreath run to his pickup right at 10:00 so he and Tony Serbantez could get everyone going. That was a sight in itself. (Just teasing, Larry.) I appreciate all Tony and the police depatment did to make the parade an organized and safe event for all. Students and after school ball teams sported their colors, bands marched to the beat, political candidates flashed their broad, vote-for-me smiles, and Meadow and Brownfield showed off fire trucks and city vehicles.¬†Thanks to everyone who worked hard on the floats. You did a great job.
Stock in candy companies probably went up. Candy constantly flew through the air. In the beginning, the children scrambled for it but stopped picking it up after a while because there was so much. Terry County homes should be set for Halloween! Many people brought their plastic bags to collect it. Instead of keeping it, one tiny girl was having a blast throwing candy back to the floats¬†like¬†a participant. ¬†After the parade a grandma was trying to pick it all up. The look on her face made me think she was appalled at the waste and seeing cars start to drive over it made her put her hands on her hips in exasperation.
I was glad the farm equipment went by.¬† At least that was harvest! My favorite entry was the Texas Ridaz. I love those hydraulics! I missed veterans, Shriners, scouts carrying flags, bicycles, and clowns. Most of all, I missed parade noise. I only heard one Christmas carol, even though Candy and Christmas Carols was the theme. I saw lots of smiles but didn’t hear much laughter, and honking and sirens were at a minimum.
Come on, Terry County. We’ve got a great thing going, but let’s make it better! Let’s make it the talk of the region. And, since we’ve seen what a great Christmas parade we can produce, let’s add that to our events! Tell the Chamber!
Author, writer, radio host, and educator Glenda Cameron has been co-host of TownTalk since 2006. In addition, she serves as Media Producer and contributing writer to www.towntalkradio.com. She began her radio career in Littlefield, Texas, at KZZN, later moving to KJAK and KFRE in Lubbock. Glenda‚Äôs hobbies include guitar, piano, and scanography. Glenda is co-author of the internationally published book "Whatever Happened to Peggy Sue?"