Arvada Harvest Festival

My first parade.  I, Zeb the Duck and Soapy Smith Duck went to the Harvest Festival in Arvada, Colorado on Saturday.  We watched a parade. Not just any parade, but the Arvada Harvest Festival parade is the 2nd longest continuing parade in the State of Colorado.  There were 35,000 to 40,000 spectators and over 7,000 participants.  We watched for over an hour and it was not finished yet.  This is the marching band for Arvada High School.

Arvada High School Marching Band

Arvada High School Marching Band

Many schools participated in the parade. Here are kids on Big Wheels.

Big Wheels

Big Wheels

Many participants gave candy to children and information cards to adults.   This train is great.

A train in the parade

A train in the parade

But no ducks riding today. This young man is in kindergarten.

Our future

Our future

He will be in the high school graduating class of 2027.   The Model A Ford Club has really old cars and

Model A Fords

Model A Fords

they are in really good condition. I liked this tractor.

We love tractors!

We love tractors!

Betsy Ross is sewing the first flag of the United States of America.

Betsy Ross

Betsy Ross

Many military veteran groups were in the parade. This is the U.S. Marines.

U.S. Marines

U.S. Marines

We saw veteran groups, including those with the Purple Heart, the Viet Nam veterans and submarine veterans. We enjoyed the gymnastic groups, the animal clinic, the Arvada hockey group and the martial arts group. Parades are great!

Then we went to the festival. We watched the small humans in the water spheres.

Ducks not allowed in this water

Ducks not allowed in this water

Must be hard to stand up in there. Noah’s Ark Petting Zoo let humans go in the area to pet animals.

They like the hay

They like the hay

Animal food was also available to feed them. Another area had alpacas.

Young alpacas

Young alpacas

They are almost 4 months old and adorable. A military group explained the changes in military equipment from the Civil War to the present.

Changes in military equipment

Changes in military equipment

Mom saw the booth for Palisade Peaches (from Western Colorado orchards). She stopped for pie, but bought an ice cream sundae with warm peach topping. Yummy!

So good with Colorado peaches

So good with Colorado peaches

Look at this girl. She teaches at Rock Star Pole Fitness in Arvada.

Rock Star Pole Fitness

Rock Star Pole Fitness

This looks difficult, but fun! And, this festival was fun, but also educational.

Ready to begin spelling bee

Ready to begin spelling bee

There is a spelling bee. I hope you are enjoying festivals this year.

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