The first Saturday in May for sixty years, people have visited the town of Melbourne, Arkansas to celebrate.
It begins on Friday night with a rodeo at the local fair grounds and the night continues with a free street dance.
Saturday has two parades, first the Kiddie Parade and then the Main Parade later. The day is sprinkled with events and the town is crowded with vendors. Saturday night brings another rodeo and street dance.
When I was a child, this was something I never missed. I would search for weeks to find the fastest terrapin to join in the terrapin races. I also used to compete in the Pioneer Dress Revue, as did my children. It was an all day event filled with new friends, water guns and horses.
My favorite part of Pioneer Day was the horses. I had friends that would let me ride at the rodeo and sometimes, even the parade.
This year, it goes on without me. I have no desire anymore to fight the crowds for a funnel cake or a Lions Club Burger on the square.
Today began with storms and the Kiddie Parade was cancelled. Hubby and Andrew went after the rains stopped...and I remain at home enjoying the solitude and quiet.