This Fourth of July we took the patriotic trek to Seward, Nebraska where there is no shortage of enthusiasm for this grand holiday. My darling cousin grew up there and has been trying to entice us to visit for years now. We had previously used excuses like “I am pregnant” or “I don’t want to travel with a toddler”. Excuses, excuses, let’s travel with a toddler and a newborn! Yes! To get the full scope of what the Fourth of July in Seward is all about, check out thie website: http://www.julyfourthseward.com/images/JULY4schedule.pdf
Getting to Seward from Omaha took about an hour and 15 minutes. We pulled into town to see everyone walking or biking to the center square. There was also a “trolley” which in all actuality was a tractor pulling a trailer full of people. Although Seward is a relatively small town of 6,000, nearly 40,000 people come in for the day. We parked our car and headed to the hoopla.
Walking up we saw the fire men spraying water at a big bucket hanging in the air. I am sure there is a name for this but I don’t know what it is. We got wet and we took some pictures.
The morning was filled with competition. After watching some young and not so young folk pole vault in the city center, we moved on to watch the pie eating and bubble blowing contests. The pie eating contest was really a “one piece of pie” eating contest. This disappointed Brent. Speaking of eating…the streets were filled with county fair style food vendors, but by lunchtime the lines were unbearable. I guess it is a good thing we had ice cream and a blooming onion at 10 AM.
We spent the rest of the morning watching cloggers of all ages, mostly younger kids but there was a group of dancers in their late to middle ages. I think Brent enjoyed those most.
After clogging we went and explored a bit more of the festival. We checked out the antique sale which was very small but they did have a ceramic lawn donkey which Brent has been searching for. Surprisingly, he did not buy said donkey. We also tried to explore the craft fair (know as the Crap fair by my dear cousin, Suz). We got overwhelmed by the crafts and found a grassy patch to rest our heads.
The parade was the highlight of the day for Edith. She got lots of candy and even a freeze pop (which were being pelted at our heads). I scored a rain gauge from a local politician. It was a big win for the family.
Lastly we had a great dinner at my cousins home where her parents and extended family welcomed us. A big thank you to those people who fed us and put up with our children. And thanks to Suz and her Big Dumb Hat.
Someday soon I will post about other fun things that have been going on the last few months…like having a baby, going to Long Beach, California on a whim, and visiting the Wildlife Safari Park.