29 April, 2006

RIP Franklin Main Street Festival

I really think the Franklin Events Community needs to adjust their dates for the Main Street Festival. Last year was just like this--grey, cold, windy and blech. I can't speak for anyone else, but I personally don't find myself in the mood for cotton candy, corn dogs and hippie yarn crafts when it's like November outside.

Festivals need to be hot and sticky. You need to find yourself so dying of thirst that those handsqueezed lemonades sound refreshing. Otherwise what would compell anyone to drink a beverage consisting of 1/4 cup of ice water and six lemon halves smashed down in a sludge of cane sugar?

My much-missed hometown of Fort Wayne has the monster of all festivals every year. 9 of the hottest days in the year are celebrated with fireworks, fried cheese and seemingly-dangerous carny erections on "the Three Rivers Midway." Every year we all wait with bated breath to find out how many punk teenagers have pulled knives on their buddies in front of the Tilt-A-Whirl. It's big news.

I miss having a local festival, and for years happily drove to Franklin for the pale imitation they have there. A stained-glass window in my house stands forever in shining testament to the years when it was bright, sunny and fun. We bought it in 1999 as an anniversary/birthday present to hang in the home we were just starting to build. That day of wandering the booths is still one of my happiest memories of my marriage.

That's probably why my hopes are too high, and why I was so disappointed at watching two women get in a catfight over a tie-dye shirt last year. Street festivals are no good in the rain.


At 4:05 PM, April 29, 2006, Anonymous Shauna said...

I can't think of any situation where a carny erection wouldn't be dangerous.

At 9:43 PM, April 29, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is just ever so slightly off-topic, but I had no idea you had, or ever would, blogroll me, until I saw a referrer from here on my Sitemeter.

At 9:58 PM, April 29, 2006, Blogger Ivy, the Great and Powerful said...

::::dies at Shauna's comment:::::

That's the funniest thing I've heard all night!

At 12:00 AM, April 30, 2006, Blogger Kat Coble said...


Why would I not blogroll you? I actually meant to before, but I HATE updating my blogger template. I've done it three times in the last two weeks, and each time I forgot to add you and Dolphin. I finally made a special update just for you two! *grumbles* I hope you're happy. ;-p

Ivy & Shauna,

I see that you've both discovered how much I LOVE the double entendre of "erections". I'm such a geek for beavis&butthead style stuff. I still laugh at the Ford commercials where they talk about "super duty" trucks.

I am such an idiot.

At 9:45 AM, May 01, 2006, Blogger Amy said...

my hometown annual festival used to be called "Bean Days." beat that. you can imagine the jokes from our rival town.

they changed the name to "SummerFest" a few years ago, because of all the jokes I guess...but you know everyone still calls it "Bean Days."


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