In September, it's grapes with the Grape Jamboree (and two separate 1.5-hour parades). The windows in all the shops are decorated for a contest. They hang up baskets of flowers that look like bunches of grapes. I love it.
|What does the fox eat? Grapes!|
Then in October, they get ready for Ghoulfest. They hang up scarecrows on all of the light posts. Different groups put the scarecrows together for another contest. They're fun, but they also get a little gross since most of them are wearing clothing and it rains a lot in October, so they don't hold up very well for very long.
In December, the Christmas decorations go up. For some reason, they put up fewer than usual this year and I was a little bummed.
But this past weekend, I noticed that preparations for the next celebration were well underway. In January or early February, the town has their Winterfest celebration. I've never actually gone to the celebration (I can only take my celebration of the cold so far), but apparently they have ice sculpting and other winter activities as well as a parade. Once upon a time, Barley and I crossed paths with Lake Effect Louie who was on his way to line up for the parade. The Winterfest decorations are my favorite.
Just like with the scarecrows, various groups and businesses decorate wooden snowmen each year and their hung up on the light posts. Mother Nature was kind enough to give us a warm enough day with clear sidewalks to head downtown to visit the snowmen.
I apologize for some of the pictures--some of the light posts are further in on the sidewalks, so you can get a decent picture. Others are right at the edge, so you have to balance and try to get a picture without getting run over--of course, those are the ones I loved best!
|I love this cow. We're going to try to walk by again and get a better angle.|
|This one says "Will Melt for Wine." I must get a better shot.|
|I adore this one--his body is made out of wine corks!|
|Barley wants to build a snowman.|
These snowmen help add a little cheer to these cold, grey days. We hope that everyone else has found a little bit of silly to help them through winter, too!