Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Fun at the Firemen's Field Days

Americana at its best….or worse….depending on which way you’re looking. That’s the only way I can describe the DeRuyter Firemen Field Days. I always love going. This year we attended the pony pull, the competition where the firemen point their hoses at a ball and try to be the first team to get it by a certain point, the antique tractor pull, and, of course, the parade.

We watched a couple of country western bands play, too. I don’t know much about country music to really appreciate the bands. The Saturday night band, called Knight Ryders, seemed pretty smooth and got a lot of folks up and dancing. I admit to not knowing a lot of the numbers they played even though most of the dancers were singing along. The dance floor is directly in front of this area that is surrounded by chicken wire….known as the beer tent….which was standing room only. The band played louder than the roar from the beer tent, thankfully.

Kick-N-A played on Friday night. We know the drummer in this cover band, and it was a joy to watch him play. They did covers of rock and country songs….we knew some of these songs. The two-steppers enjoyed their playing, also. We actually went to the camper to get warmer clothes and came back to listen to them do another set; we were enjoying them that much. The show on the dance floor was beyond words.

Who needs Disneyland when you can go to a firemen’s field days? Cheaper. no long lines and much more fun. We’re already looking forward to next year.

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