Pumpkin Fest 2018 — The Parade Pics

Hi and welcome back.  The parade on Saturday was a blast.  There were some really cool entries that I wanted to document.  Steve and I sat in lawn chairs and enjoyed an occasional piece of candy as it was thrown toward us.  Just like the last post, here are the pictures with captions and not a lot of rambling.   —  VT

Thank you for your service both to the country and for refilling the candy!

Anamosa Middle School Band.

The 2018 Pumpkin Prince and Princess

Some big ol’ pumpkins!

A pretty girl in a 57 Chevy!

From Maquoketa High School (33 miles east in Jackson County)

Some younger people dressed up as old ladies… This was a float from an assisted living senior home!

Lighthouse Baptist Church. This is where I occasionally go to church.



The Republican candidates… Well, I guess that’s obvious. That Chevy is likely around 67 or so…

Grandpa’s fire engine.

Looks like late 60s or so… That beautiful Cadillac has a 472 cubic inch engine.

The gentleman in the white shirt is Tom D, a friend I remember from the early 1980s. He’s a construction contractor and also does some cadaver dives for law enforcement… a great guy but I don’t want him to have to come looking for me…

Looks like fun!

Not your grandpa’s fire engine.

Like a good neighbor, State Fam is Bear… Oops, I mean “there”… Did you know Barry Manilow sang that jingle?

My backyard neighbors… The concrete company is where Jenny runs off to when she gets the chance. There are trees, bunnies and places to climb. Fun stuff!

The 4H ag barn…


Anamosa’s favorite grocery store… Well, it’s the only one if you don’t count Wal-Mart…

That sure looks like Meat Department Manager, Jeremy!

A farmer, chicken, and cow. Yep, you’re in farm country!

The parade lasted an hour and everyone seemed to enjoy it.  Parades and the agriculture theme is normal around here.  Iowa has 30 million acres of farmland.  90% of Iowa is used for agriculture.  It’s a fun, safe, and quality place to live… and a lot slower paced than our big city friends.  Despite the cheesy line in the movie “Field of Dreams” (“Is this Heaven?  No, it’s Iowa.”), a lot of us would agree that maybe it’s the next best thing.

For now it’s time to turn in for the evening and go to sleep in this metal home-away-from home.  The job is going very well and it’s nice to put away a lot of the earnings.  Who would have thought a few months ago that life would take such a happy turn?  It’s given me a chance to talk with the young kids I used to work with who are lamenting and miserable.  I tell them follow your dreams.  If you’re not happy doing what you’re doing, you’ll likely be unhappy tomorrow, too!  It’s better to take a chance.  There’s never been a better time to look for some greener (and green is $$$, too) pastures.

Well, that’s it for now.  I’ve got a new laptop now (a Dell machine with 8 gig of RAM and a Terabyte hard drive).  It sure makes blogging easier instead of poking on the old worn out Netbook… and since discovering how to tether the cell phone for unlimited Wi-Fi, it can’t get any more convenient!

Take care and thanks for visiting!  Happy camping!

Brad and Jenny
Linn and Jones Counties

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About VanTrekker

I am a former vandweller in Eastern Iowa who, for several years (off and on), lived in a 2007 Chevy cargo van. I still travel around Iowa with my tortoise shell cat, Jennifer Stefanie. Our favorite place to explore is the Country Heritage Community, the four far northeastern counties of Iowa (Clayton, Winneshiek, Allamakee, and Fayette). Ride along as we fish in pristine trout streams, enjoy fine home cooked camping meals, and meet new people. It's all possible on a shoestring budget. Happy travels always! --- Brad, the "Van Trekker"

4 Responses to Pumpkin Fest 2018 — The Parade Pics

  1. my_vantasy says:

    Nice pictures! Looks like a great time for very little, if any, money. I did try your acorn squash recipe from the last post…I am happy to report that I liked it! Bonus to me because after I cleaned out the seeds, I roasted them to snack on later. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Keep warm. We have freeze warnings this week in Ohio!

    • VanTrekker says:

      Hi and thanks for the comment! I’m not sure why I didn’t get the email for your comment until I checked the other PC. I’m glad you liked the acorn squash. It’s something tasty in the fall! Good idea about the seeds! I should have eaten them but they went to fishing buddy Steve for him to grow next year. Take care! — Brad, Jenny, and DJ (new arrival – post coming soon!)

  2. Jo Harmon says:

    Did something go wrong with your blog? I left a comment the day after you posted. Hope all is well.

    Is it cold there yet? It has been raining constantly here and the temps have dropped considerable but I’m not complaining about at all rather enjoying it.

    • VanTrekker says:

      Hi Jo. Something seems to have gone haywire with the blog. Thanks for the comment. For some reason I didn’t get notification. When I looked at the other computer, there it was. For some reason the email didn’t get to my smart (or not smart) phone. Thanks, as always for commenting! We had a lot of rain in September but it’s been quite some time since we’ve had any rain and we’re glad. I’ll get out your way you are happy to see moisture! Take care! — Brad, Jenny, and DJ (new addition – watch for a post soon!)