A few times a year Monte, speaks at Hallmark School of Photography in Turner Falls, MA. And we sometimes join him on this 3.5 hour trip from NYC. The date for his next talk happened to coincide with the opening night of the annual Franklin County Fair, so we planned on joining the festivities.
After our morning road trip from NYC to Turner Falls, we pulled into a tiny airport across from the school to stretch our legs before dropping Monte off. Brooklyn was shockingly fascinated with the little prop planes and wanted to evaluate each one. She probably would have spent hours there if we let her. After a bit we dropped her dad off and headed to Unity Park, a pretty awesome playground right along the water. Later we took a walk through the itsy bitsy town and found an old-school mechanical pony which she also embraced with shocking interest. It started raining but we weren’t going to let it deter our evening plans.
Then the real fun began. We picked up Monte and headed to the pre-fair parade. EVERYONE in community was either in the parade, or attending it. The procession ranged from 18 wheeler trucks and marching bands to skateboarders and strollers. Oh, it was still raining. Everyone was soggy with drenched clothes and wet hair, but nothing was going to stop this town from it’s annual celebration. It was perhaps the most charming parade I’ve ever seen. And we caught more candy from the performers than we normally collect on Halloween.
Our last stop was the Franklin County Fair. In rain boots and jackets we embraced the fair like we were locals. Although the rides didn’t run because of the weather the rest of the fair was booming. Livestock, fried dough, games and best of all… puddles. Once again, with shocking interest, Brooklyn was mesmerized by the puddles. Little puddles, lake-sized puddles, and last but not least the muddy puddles. And she played in them just like Peppa Pig.
I’ll never underestimate the fun that can be had with my little family. Even a sleepy town in the rain can turn into the funnest night of the year.