If you don't remember, I'll remind you again that I live in a very small town. Every year our town busts out it's finest to get ready for the annual Coal Show Parade. The coal show is a week long event - we have golf tournaments, a beauty pageant, cheer leading competitions, coal mining rescue events, coal exhibits, art exhibits, a small pet parade, a bike parade, a small carnival and a big parade with fire trucks and beauty queens and marching bands. This event has been going on for over 50 years. As a kid it was my favorite thing of the summer. It also meant that school was going to start the following Monday.
I was asked recently why it was called a "Coal Show" parade. It's called a coal show, because we live in a coal region. Years ago, it was a HUGE coal region. Everyone was either a coal miner or they knew a coal miner. It's not as big as it once was, but there are still a few mines that are open. But since coal played such a big part in our area, we celebrate it! Just another thing I love about small towns!
The Pet Parade
Our high school marching band
there's Anthony playing his sax (right in front of the tuba)
Anthony again - he looks so handsome, doesn't he?
Who let the dogs out?!
This dog looked more like a horse!
Nicholas, complete with his "koolaid" smile
Nathan just loves parades
here's that huge dog again, I just couldn't believe it
The Bike Parade
Anthony marching in the bike parade
And more bikes
The Coal Queen announcing the bike parade winners