Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Johnstown BBQ Day June 1, 2013

Back in November, our family was chosen as Volunteers of the Year for the Johnstown Historical Society.  The main torture done to the honorees is to have to ride in the BBQ Day parade.   Last Saturday was a windy day, at least in the morning when the parade happened.  One of the signs on the side of the car blew away during our ride to the parade line-up.  We were conveyed in this 2006 Mustang convertible.  This picture was taken just for fun, when I wanted a break from standing on the sidewalk in the wind.  Nobody trusted me with the keys, so this is strictly pretentious!
After we put the top down, we sat on the back.  These were taken during split seconds when the wind was not gusting.  Otherwise, I had a hand holding onto the hat almost all the time!
 Riding in the parade was one of the things Rowen did not want to do.  But I told him I wasn't the one who was such a terrific treasurer for four years to get us nominated and I wasn't going to ride alone.  Thankfully, he lived through such an embarrassing proceeding!
 As the time neared for the parade starting time, a red Riviera convertible pulled up.  It was our friend Keith Smith, who collects many old and unique cars.  We had asked him to be our driver, but because of his health issues, (a recent leg surgery and non weight bearing restriction), we figured he was not going to be able to drive us.  He had never given us a final answer on it, and we hated to press him when he has been suffering.  However, here he was with one of his fancy cars, and we are already in a different car!  Emily was with us, so since the Volunteer of the Year award was for our family, we decided to put her in Keith's car.
 Here is Emily and her chauffeur and her fancy ride.  This was before she sat up on the back. 
 Our friend and favorite mechanic, Randy Kaus, came by to visit with Keith about his car.
Emily was so thrilled she had brought candy along to throw on the parade route.  That way she didn't have to wave and smile the way her cheesy mother did! 
These ladies carried the banner for the society.  Rowen did that last year, and begged to be allowed to this year.  Laurie Ryterski and Pat Kiovsky carried it in front of our car.
 All of the above pictures were at the parade line up.  The picture below is one that a friend took as we passed by in the parade.
 After the parade was over, we changed out of our fancy clothes and worked at the park all afternoon in the Historical Society's booth, where we sold ice cream treats as a fund raiser.  In the evening, we helped man the Historical displays at the high school.  The evening ended with fireworks at the football stadium.

We are glad to have all that notoriety behind us!  NEVER AGAIN!!

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