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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Riding a Gondola in Vail, Colorado

I, Zeb the Duck and Soapy Smith Duck rode on a gondola.

Entrance to Eagle Bahn Gondola in Vail

Entrance to Eagle Bahn Gondola in Vail

It was exciting for us. And, we love Vail. The entrance to the Eagle Bahn Gondola had ropes for lines, but it was not crowded. We are on!

The ducks first gondola trip

The ducks first gondola trip

This is our first gondola. Our moms had ridden before and were with us. From the gondola we saw many bike paths.

Bike paths seen from gondola

Bike paths seen from gondola

People brought their mountain bikes to the top of the mountain on the gondola and rode them down. Soapy’s mom saw one biker fall. A friend was trying to help, but the fallen rider did not get up. When we got to the top of the mountain, Soapy’s mom reported the accident and help was sent.

The day we rode the gondola, the weather was cloudy, cool and quite windy. We went to the restaurant and ordered food.

Sandwiches at the top of the mountain

Sandwiches at the top of the mountain.  And a big brownie!

Here is a pulled pork sandwich, California chicken sandwich with avocado, French fries and diet cokes.   That huge brownie looks great and it tasted fabulous!  Everything was so good. The flowers were so bright, the mountains so magnificent and the sky was deep gray.

Vail is so pretty

Vail is so pretty

We returned to Lionshead Village in Vail on one of the last gondolas of the day.

Going back to Vail

Going back to Vail

In the winter Vail is a premier ski resort.  These ski runs are covered with snow and the skiers have a wonderful time.

Ski run in the summer

Ski run in the summer

We had so much fun. Zeb and Soapy hope to ride again, just like human kids.

Duck Races in Vail, Colorado

I, Zeb the Duck, and Soapy Smith Duck watched 13,000 of our yellow cousins race down Gore Creek in Vail. It was incredible! Here come some of them.

Ducks racing on Gore Creek

Ducks racing on Gore Creek

Many cousins got stuck along the bank of Gore Creek.

They can make it!

They can make it!

Humans watched from International Bridge in Vail.

Watching from Vail's International Bridge

Watching from Vail’s International Bridge

The end of the race got a little congested.   Wow, this looks like the traffic jam on I-70.

Some of the 13,000 ducks

Some of the 13,000 ducks

So many ducks!

This festival in Vail hosted so many food booths and other venders.

Venders and visitors

Venders and visitors

This booth is for Macanudo Cigars.

Macanudo Cigars

Macanudo Cigars

Didn’t I just see their sponsorship for a televised golf tournament?  Here little humans ride the mechanical bull.

He had a good ride

He had a good ride

He held on for several seconds. Seems that ducks are the guests of honor. A new game here, Pluck A Duck.

Pluck A Duck Game

Pluck A Duck Game

We like anything with ducks. This duck cut out is awesome.

Handsome ducks!

Handsome ducks!

Looks just like us!

The Vail Rotary Club sponsors these ducks races. The ducks are the primary fundraiser for this organization. Humans pay $5 to adopt a duck for the race. The first 20 ducks receive a prize. The grand prize is $5,000. There are over 13,000 ducks and more than 10,000 human spectators. That’s more ducks than humans!

Soapy, Zeb, and our moms had a great day in Vail. Vail is about 100 miles west of Denver on I-70, so it is an easy drive to get here. The scenery is stunning. Vail is a great resort, for a day or several weeks.   We hope you will experience Vail soon.

We love ducks!

We love ducks!

The Great Zucchini Race

I, Zeb the Duck, and Soapy Smith Duck went to the Great Zucchini Race.

Wow!  The Great Zucchini Race

Wow! The Great Zucchini Race

Boulder Creek Hometown Festival was Labor Day Weekend. We had never seen zucchini races before. They are fun!

Human kids pick a large zucchini. Then they get wheels and decorate the zucchini.

Decorating the zucchini

Decorating the zucchini

Here are some; we liked them all.

Work in progress

Work in progress

The completed zucchinis and young owners, start at the top of this slope. At the designated time, the board is lifted and the zucchinis race down the slope.

And the race begins

And the race begins

It is so much fun to decorate a zucchini and also fun to watch the races.

Many decorated zucchinis

Many decorated zucchinis

The Boulder Creek Hometown Festival hosted the farmer’s market on Saturday.

A Farmers Market in the festival

A Farmers Market in the festival

These vegetables look so good.

Yum

Yum

We enjoyed some Saturday night.  Very tasty.   The flowers were pretty also.

We like flowers

We like flowers

This festival had the regular wonderful stuff:  great food, live bands, hula-hoops, face painting and more. But the new thing for these ducks was the zucchini race.

So many huge zucchinis

So many huge zucchinis

As summer comes to an end, we hope you visited festivals. If you are near Boulder, Colorado, this festival is going on today, Monday, September 1.  Spend some time here and enjoy Colorado festivals.  There will be more autumn festivals. Attend a festival near you and you will have a great day.

Zucchini

Zucchini