Thursday, July 8, 2010

Country Mouse - Border Days

"Border Days" is a 3 day long 4th of July celebration in Grangeville. The festivities begin each morning at 9am with street games. Kids of all ages run races down the middle of main street (which has been closed off, of course). After the races they have the biggest egg toss I've ever seen. Hundreds of people line up main street in pairs and toss eggs to each other and the last pair with their egg in tact wins a small sum of money, a plastic trophy, and bragging rights. A parade goes down main street at 1pm with lots of horses, tractors, a couple of fire engines and people throwing candy. They do this every day for 3 days!

One morning after the egg toss there was a toy scramble for kids under 6 years old. Kids line the side of the street while people spread candy, toys, and coins out (not in the same part of the street where the broken eggs are though). They give each kid a bag and let them fill up their bags with whatever they can get. Jack and Nate loved it!

We had delicious "fair" food - my favorite part. Harrison and Rio climbed a big rock wall, Jack jumped on a bungee trampoline and Nathan rode on a pony. We didn't go to the rodeo (Border Days' biggest attraction), but plan to next year. We all had a great time and Border Days is easily my new favorite part about living in small town USA.

Nathan and Jack tossing the egg

The parade coming down main street

Nate getting his goodies in the toy scramble

Riding a pony!

1 comment:

  1. Personal fireworks are against the law here, and the public ones were crazy-packed full of people. We just did some sparklers at a friend's and called it good.

    We're so going to your house next year for 4th of July. :)