“Antique” or “Old Timey”

Either way, it’s a cool car – the Excalibur.  I usually go to the Apple Blossom Weekend in the Park, but this weekend kicked my butt.  I’ll settle for snapping a few shots in my church’s parking lot of all the cars that the celebrities ride for the parade.  This one was just sitting there oozing style.  Those menacing clouds off in the distance never really produced anything the entire day (at least not on our parade).

Another successful Grand Feature Parade.

Another successful Grand Feature Parade.

Tubas!

Love me some tuba shots.  Yeah, it’s a weird obsession of mine.  It could make for a really cool band poster…

…hmmmm.

Tuba I

Tuba II

Tuba III

Vendors

I’ve never liked the vendors concept at Apple Blossom – especially the street vendors who roam the parade route with the grocery cart full of goodies that just drive all parents bonkers.  My kids are grown and have almost OUTgrown the stage where they want stuff from those carts.  I’ve never liked the vendors…until now.  You see, the “in” items now all have lights.  Sure there are still plenty of noise makers, but the lighted toys seem to be more popular than ever.  And not just with the kids – I like them, too.  It’s kind of like a pre-fireworks show for me.

The light show for me started about 30 minutes before the first firework!

The light show for me started about 30 minutes before the first firework!

Disco Fever

I’ve been in Winchester now for 14 years and have “attended” Apple Blossom each year.  I say “attended” because I’ve really only gone to the parades and the carnival/midway when the kids were younger.  I’ve really never been one for the crowds and all that goes with them, but after tonight I can see why some people go overboard and nuts for all the events.  This doesn’t necessarily mean I’m going to start attending more, but I can appreciate why some people do.  I’ve got so many more photos to rummage through before it’s all said and done, but this one summed up my evening.

Miss Apple Blossom & Miss Virginia on stage with the "Right On Band."

Miss Apple Blossom & Miss Virginia on stage with the “Right On Band.”

Almost There…

Almost There...

It’s pretty awesome how quickly and timely (for the Apple Blossom Festival) all the flowers and trees just pop around here.