Country Scenes, Children’s Dreams, & Beauty Queens

The Street Parade is always the official start of the Highland County Fair. Days in advance, the grass along the side of the road is neatly cut. Hours before the parade, empty lawn chairs line the roads to secure their owners’ front row seats. Whole families (often three or even four generations) gather at the side of the road, plastic bags or baskets in hand – essential receptacles for candy thrown by the handful from the parade floats and vehicles.

The Parade is basically a showcase for local businesses and organizations as well as individuals with special hobbies. Antique vehicles are always popular:

All the various beauty queens and kings get to participate. I do understand the function of the Maple Queen and her court – each year, a new crew of high school beauties is selected to represent the county during the all-important maple festival. Here is this year’s Maple Queen and her princesses:

Maple Queen and her court

Maple Queen and her court

I never quite understood the purpose of the Fire Queens and the fact that nine of them are needed each year. Here they are all perfecting their beauty-queen wave:

Fire queens

Fire queens

Not to be forgotten are last year’s Little Miss and Master Highland:

Little Miss and Master Highland

Little Miss and Master Highland

I rather enjoyed the bubbles created by the bubble machine on this float:

Bubbles rising

Bubbles rising

This little girl from a neighboring county must have felt like a true princess sitting on top of a vehicle, her legs dangling thru the sunroof,

Little beauty queen

Little beauty queen

while her daddy and little baby sister were operating the vehicle:

Baby at the wheel

Baby at the wheel

Then there are gleaming fire engines from various locations, mostly fairly modern equipment:

Fire truck

Fire truck

and Smokey the Bear waving the American flag:

Smokey the Bear on the fire truck

Smokey the Bear on the fire truck

Not quite sure what this fire truck actually does:

Bolar Fire truck

Bolar Fire truck

The Little Switzerland Cloggers are always an essential component of any county event and are fun to watch:

Cloggers

Cloggers

No hometown parade would be complete without its High School Band:

High school band

High school band

The Allegheny Mountain String Project is a local music school, obviously specializing in exposing children to music from a very early age.

Allegheny Mountain String Project

Allegheny Mountain String Project

This man is advertising his barn quilt business. Barn quilts are colorful designs mounted on barns or homes and has become quite the trend in our county lately.

Barn quilt painter

Barn quilt painter

Local banks always design a colorful float. This one reflects the theme of the 2014 Fair: “Country Scenes and Children’s Dreams.”

Bank float

Bank float

Country Scenes and Children's Dreams

Country Scenes and Children’s Dreams

And, of course, every parade needs its clowns!

Little clowns

Little clowns

The little rainbow clown

The little rainbow clown

And while there was no dentist in the parade, the massive amounts of candy thrown to the masses will ensure job security for dentists for a while to come:

About Beauty Along the Road

My name is Annette. I am passionate about nature, health, simplicity, self-reliance, truth, and life-long learning. Originally from Germany, I now live in Virginia, USA. I am a therapist, health coach, writer, photographer, and organic gardener.
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5 Responses to Country Scenes, Children’s Dreams, & Beauty Queens

  1. jpeggytaylor says:

    This looks a colourful and exciting event! I think you’ve captured the vibrancy of the occasion really well๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Oh, lots of action and color at this parade. Everyone loves a parade, including me! The barn quilt projects are big in TN, too. Here’s a link to our quilt trail. http://www.arcd.org/quilttrail/?page=3 It’s quite fascinating to follow the trail and learn about the history of the quilts.

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  3. What a happy event, Annette. That little rainbow clown is so adorable.๐Ÿ™‚

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