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Monday, July 9, 2007

Typically, Sundays are left for lounging in my life.

For nearly 10 years, I have spent time on Sundays heading home to visit the family, doing laundry (on my own, mind you) and just sitting back, relaxing and watching some television.

But yesterday, I couldn't help myself. I wanted to travel south.

And I did.

There's something to be said about a parade, isn't there?

The smiles of the children as they attempt to pick up every piece of candy thrown to them.

The sounds of the sirens blaring from the fire engines or police vehicles.

The proud looks on the faces of a community.

That's exactly what anyone and all witnessed Sunday in Clay City as the town conducted its 67th Clay City Fair parade.

The parade was titled "Barnyard Boogie." It took place on the third day of festivities. The fair officially opened Friday.

It was really something to see all the chairs lined up on Main Street nearly three hours before the parade was scheduled to go through town.

Anyone driving through "The Mayberry of the Midwest" would have wondered aloud.

"What do we have here," an Oklahoma resident asked as he pulled up beside me Sunday afternoon.

My point exactly.

This family was just passing through on State Road 59, heading north.

But they noticed all the chairs. They saw all the people waiting.

They saw all the kids with plastic bags, just waiting for the first parade floats to head their way.

More than 100 entries participated in the parade Sunday, with 10 floats.

Floats provided music. Police vehicles and fire engines added flare to the parade with the usual siren sounds.

People were walking up and down the street, waving to each other, stopping by to say hello before looking for a good place to set up the lawn chairs.

It felt like home. It felt safe. It felt good.

And the parade wasn't the only festivity going on in Clay City Sunday.

The fair attracted several residents, carefully lounging under shade trees while listening to Salt-Cured, a bluegrass gospel act that performed from 1:30-2:0 p.m. Sunday.

There were people relaxing in the Orange Room at the fairgrounds, stopping by to grab a bite to eat.

There were people checking out the carnival rides and carnival employees stretched out on picnic tables trying to get a few winks in before the real crowds started coming in.

There were people just walking around the fairgrounds, getting a chance to see the animals or look at the displays.

Or maybe they just felt like they were better off getting out for a Sunday stroll.

Make no mistake, it was hot. A typical July day, with the sun blaring down on the skin.

But the people were still there.

And it was a treat.

The fair concludes Tuesday evening and the evening is jam-packed with all kinds of fun.

Steve Jeffris is scheduled to provide entertainment from 7-10 p.m. and the fair will announce its Gold Clover award at 7:30 p.m.

Incentive awards are also set to take place following the presentation of the Gold Clover award.

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