Summer in the City…

It’s the season of summer festivals and we’re very big on them in the Midwestern part of the U.S. Friday marks the beginning of Independence Day weekend and many nearby areas will have huge celebrations.  Chicago and the suburbs boast lots of music events and many things going on over Independence Day weekend.  Not sure what we’re doing yet, but for sure it will include grilling and fireworks!

We also have our county and state fairs and I’ve gone to my share of those over the years.  We often went to Wisconsin for their state fair or Summerfest music festival as the Illinois State Fair is in downstate Springfield, a much further drive.  And the Milwaukee area is a nice size compared to driving into Chicago.

It’s all brought back fun memories of a time several years ago when my parents and their crazy little dog, Sparky, drove up to the Milwaukee area for a day trip to the state fair.  Apparently they had planned to take the little terrier onto the fairgrounds with them but, not having checked beforehand, found dogs were not allowed.  It was too hot to leave Sparky in the car, so they debated what to do and finally decided they’d take turns going onto the fairgrounds.

Mom went to the fair first, leaving Dad and Sparky resting under a shade tree by the entrance gates.  Dad had his ever-present ball cap on, along with sunglasses, and he’d had a cup of water for the dog in case he was thirsty.  Mom was horribly embarrassed when she returned and found people walking by the entrance had assumed the worst when they saw my sleeping dad and his dog and had been throwing coins in his cup!

 

Photo credit:  Wisconsin State Fair

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24 responses

  1. That’s hilarious! But, found money is good money. 😃

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    1. Knowing my parents, they would have tried to double it at the track!

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      1. Ha! No risk, no reward, right? 😃

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      2. They loved to gamble. Not too big time or anything, but you wouldn’t believe how scuzzy horse tracks can be when you’re little and you go there in your pajamas to “see the ponies.”

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      3. Oh yeah I would. I grew up in Louisville, so horses and the track are just always around. Of course, Churchill Downs is famous and all, but it’s 140+ years old. It looks pretty on Derby Day, and has gone through many reno’s over the last 15-20 years. But, pre-Reno, it was just old and full of “charm”. It was always like a total subculture out there. 😃

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  2. Meghan Tregellis | Reply

    Great story! Ice cream’s on the house!

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    1. Thank you, I need to remember and work all these silly things into a story!

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      1. Meghan Tregellis

        That’s a great idea!

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  3. lol! I’ll have to remember to take a snooze with an empty coffee mug. 😉

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    1. And use the dog when you can! 😀

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    1. Thank you! With a childhood like that, you don’t have to make up jokes!

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  4. Seriously! Wow – that’s a brilliant story! Love it!! 😀

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    1. Well, this is why I am how I am. Knowing my parents, my mom was all what will people think? But they probably tried to double the money by betting on the dog races (which they had in Wisconsin back then!)

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      1. Salt of the earth. 🙂
        Dee – do you have a loud voice?

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      2. Not usually! I think our comments are crossing each other 🙂

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      3. It was a pre-emptive strike. I was going to warn you away from reading that post (you know the one I mean). Not that you would have listened to me. 🙂

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      4. I would not have, of course. It would have made me all the more curious, as you well know! 🙂

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      5. Yes. But still, perhaps I should not have written it. I would not want to alienate you, Dee.

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  5. That’s hilarious! 🙂 I love fairs and things like that.

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    1. We used to go all the time when I was a kid. Not so much anymore. I don’t know why that is. Yes, I do, it’s hubby.

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  6. Omg ha ha ha 🙂 I love fairs and things like that.

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