We set up our craft tables bright and early Saturday morning on Route 1 in Bethune, near the corner near where the parade would pass and where the Colgate Country Showdown would be held. Both Route 1 and Main Street were blocked off for about 4 blocks.
Just before the parade was to start, it started to rain. We covered our tables with a tarp and retreated to the van as the rain got harder. Finally it was coming down in buckets-but they ran the parade anyway: police cars, several fire engines, the colors, 3 or 4 floats with no one on them. It took all of 7 minutes or so, if that. Then the rain let up and the sun came out. It stayed out until about 3:30 and then started raining again.
The craft booth.... I'll post pictures when they come in. The wreaths we had out were beautiful. We many favorable comments on the walking sticks made by myself and my oldest son. (Although there were several "What are these for?" too.) But let me just say that it was a food and balloon crowd.
Number 2 son was teaching Oragami to all-comers. He had more customers than the rest of us.
However, we met and talked to many local people whom we had seen but never met before. We saw the parade zoom by, antique cars, and the highlight of the weekend, the tractor pull.