This morning we set out to spend the day at the Eagle Grove “Summerfest” in Downtown Eagle Grove, IA.
The day was wonderful! At 8 AM we set off to the Free Will Donation Breakfast. Which was delicious!
Pancakes, Sausage, and Eggs with Orange Juice or Water.
The kids went crazy for the pancakes! Let’s face it, Pancakes are like “Crack” for kids. They didn’t care much for the sausage, but hey, more for me. The eggs were a bit “Meh”, we didn’t really eat much of those.
Let the Festivities Begin!
After breakfast, we walked around checking out all the Merchant Booths.
They had Scented Candles, Clothing, even a booth which sold “Flavored” Honey! We bought a few of the honey sample sticks to try out. I especially enjoyed the Root Beer flavored honey. That still sounds weird to me!
Time to Ride!
After checking out the booths, we met up with my wife’s sister-in-law and the niece and nephew and headed back to the car to pull Logan’s bicycle out of the trunk. It was time to decorate it for the “Bike Parade”.
We taped a few balloons to the handlebars, some streamers around the frame, and popped a playing card into the spokes to give it that “old fashioned” motorcycle sound.
Unfortunately, my son hasn’t had a lot of practice on his bicycle this year so figuring out the pedals is still on his “Practice List”.
We live in an apartment so we’ve kept his bike at “Nana’s” house most of the year. So I had to do what any good father would do in this situation. Hunch down and push him down the street.
While the parade was only a few hundred feet down then back up the street to where we started, it was enough to make my back pretty sore!
On a side note, if you are going to allow your kids to take part in an event such as a “Bicycle Parade”, please make sure your child knows how to ride responsibly! Just ahead of me was a young woman helping what had to be a 3 year old make their way down the street on their little bike when the woman had to practically dive to the side nearly being ran down by what looked to be a ten year old who for some reason could not figure out that riding past someone on the 15 feet of “Clear” street was an option.
To that lady, “Awesome foot work! I’m glad neither you, nor your little one was hurt.”
I for one nearly had a heart attack watching that scene play out in front of me!
After the “Parade” all the kids gathered round as names where drawn from all the kids who rode.
Eight “Lucky” kids won brand new Bikes. Eight more won brand new Bike Helmets.
My son didn’t luck out, but he had fun. Also helps that Meli and I didn’t make a big deal about “winning” anything in the parade. It was more for fun so Congratulations to all your lucky kids this morning!
“Crazy Bike Kid” did not win anything either. That shouldn’t make me smile, but it kinda does.
Sand Below, Choppers above!
After loading Logan’s bike back into the trunk it was time to head back to the Festival which was slowly starting up.
Zoey instantly saw something she HAD to play with.
Right there on the side of the road was a HUGE pile of “Play Sand”! The Pile was about ten feet by twenty feet and a little more than a foot deep. It had play buckets and shovels all over it and Zoey was dead set on filling up buckets to her hearts content. Which she did. For nearly an hour.
Meli headed off into the festival with Logan and her Sister-in-law while I sat there in the sand digging holes and making sand castles with my little girl.
It was awesome!
About ten minutes later, Logan showed up with the niece and nephew and everyone just had fun playing in the dirt!
Roughly an hour later, the fun was interrupted by the whirling sounds of a helicopter overhead. Logan, being the (over) social one as always, had to let every kid know that there was a helicopter.
After making a couple quick flybys, the helicopter gently landed just down the street in front of the fire dept.
Well, you know we just HAD to check this out!
The Fire Station
After brushing off as much of the sand as we could, we headed over to the Eagle Grove Fire Station where Logan got to climb up into the back of the Helicopter and check it out. It was one of the Careflight Choppers used to transport patients. Think of it as a very fast, flying ambulance.
Now this wasn’t Logan’s first time in a Careflight Chopper. He actually got to fly in one on a much “Scarier” time just six hours after he was born, but that’s another post!
After checking out the Helicopter it was about time for lunch. Which was served up by the Eagle Grove Fire Dept.! Another Free Will Donation!
We had Burgers, Chips, and either Soda or Water to drink.
The Burgers where from a Local Supplier in Eagle Grove, Lewright’s Meats! They weren’t too bad!
Singing Mommy and Games!
While the day had many performers, one particular performer stood out. My wife Meli!
A little before 1 PM, Meli took the stage to sing. Which is something she hasn’t done in a long time. She did an amazing job! I know I couldn’t stand up there by myself and do what she did and I’m super proud of her.
After watching Mom perform, Logan got to really have fun and play all the fun games.
First thing he did was the “Dunk Tank” where he got a dunk on the first throw! Maybe I should sign him up for Little League next summer.
After that he did some Downtown Bowling with real bowling balls and pins, right on the street! He loved that!
Shortly after, it was time for him to test his physical skills in the Inflatable Obstacle Course! He REALLY loved that one. Although he wasn’t even remotely prepared for the wall climb inside. After a few falls off the wall, he finally made it to the top where he got to slide down the big slide to meet me below with a big HIGH FIVE and an, “I didn’t give up!”
I was so proud of him for making it up that wall without getting discouraged. He’d do that run two more times, getting more and more excited each time he got up that wall with me cheering him on.
During his third “Climb” I decided it was time to end the runs. I could tell he was getting pretty tired. It was a pretty long morning and he was losing momentum on that climb. Not a problem though. They had a “Bouncy House” too!
We had a great day!
After all the fun and games was done, it was time to pack up and head over to “Nana’s” house where she made everyone a great chicken dinner. “Papa” even launched a few fireworks off in the driveway for the kids. Note to self… Zoey might need ear plugs this 4th of July.
Around 10 PM we headed home to give the kids a bath and get them to bed. After such a busy day, they both were out in no time!