Friday, July 3, 2015
Snake Valley Festival with Family
The book sale was a hit with the schoolteacher!
Desert Boy put some money in the bag for his sister's road art project. It didn't end up winning (the amazing Mt. Wheeler bicycle wheel art won), but she helped raise some money for the Great Basin Water Network.
We had fewer parade entries this year. I'm not sure if it was because more kids than mine wanted to watch the parade than be in it. Desert Boy wanted more candy. But this wasn't an election year, and there was no candy! He has already said he wants to be in next year's parade. Fortunately we had a band, they fit in the back of a pickup.
And a few fire trucks.
And some horses! We love the horses and horse riders!
Later Desert Girl hooked up with some friends and convinced a papa to read a book she had bought at the book sale.
Then it was time for some games on the Baker Hall lawn.
Desert Girl had a winning strategy for the kids' silent auction raffle. She bought tickets to put in bags for different items. She put most of her tickets in the bags that didn't have any other tickets and won a whole bunch of stuff. She didn't really care too much what it was, she just felt lucky. She enjoyed showing her friend Isaac the goodies.
Later we had a great water fight (didn't manage any photos of that but the kids and I were happily soaked from head to foot). Then we took a break to change and get ready for the evening. Desert Girl rehearsed for the talent show--a rendition of What does the fox say?
The BBQ dinner was delicious.
And then it was talent show time. Desert Girl needed a little coaching (I was teased for my impersonation of a pageant show mom), but Desert Boy had no qualms about being a weight-lifting joke teller.
Desert Boy and his friend Ava won the Junior Snake Valley competition.
We watched some amazing talents, such as eating a stick of butter, recycling water, tying maraschino cherry stems with a tongue, stepping through paper, and other things you would never even imagine. I did tree pose for a minute, with kids providing some wind to blow me over.
The crowd was duly entertained.
At the end of the night we had a Mr. Teen Snake Valley, Mr. and Ms. Snake Valley, Mr. and Ms. Junior Snake Valley, and Mr. and Ms. Senior Snake Valley. I'm sure they will all represent the valley well.
The next morning we got up for the Snake Valley Slither, a 5k race. Desert Boy ran it in his sandals, not very fast.
Spectators looked for shade, as it was hot even at 7 am.
Nevertheless, everyone who started finished, some even with big smiles!
Desert Boy rallied to run at the end.
Then we had a quick kids' race.
The little girls were adorable, and Desert Girl was so happy to get a medal. She had carefully picked out her running costume.
Even our little one-year old ran!
It was a great event, even though it was tiring, and we look forward to it again next year, the third weekend of June.