The Fourth of July holiday was spent at the fairgrounds in Humboldt, Iowa in advance of the Winnebago State Rally here. The day started with meeting the fellow campers who were also here early and then we were off to the races. For some reason, we have never attended a horse race, but we had no excuse now as it was a two minute walk from the motorhome. We were given our race information sheets and instructions on to fill out the forms for picking our winner for each race. You could win a small amount of money for each winning pick, if your name was pulled from the bucket of winner’s tickets for that race. This was clearly not a big time gambling situation, since you could bet on all ten races for your five dollar entrance fee. It was interesting to watch the first couple of races, but honestly, we found it to be a bit less than exciting. Perhaps, the nearly 100 degrees temp also dampened our enthusiasm. We did pick a winner in the second race, but did not win the lottery draw.
Next was the parade which was luckily scheduled for 7PM, thus saving us from standing out in the midday sun. As I have mentioned before, we always enjoy the small town parades. Perhaps because I grew up in this kind of environment, it seems more representative of the local lifestyle than big city parades. Certainly, watching this parade, you learned a lot about the town and its businesses. If you had your eyes closed all the way to Humboldt, you would now know that this is a farming community. At least half of the 160 entries in the parade were farm related with lots of the old and new farm equipment on display. Then all the church, youth groups and locals businesses had some sort of entry in the parade. It was clear that most everyone knew each other with the parade participants and onlookers exchanging greetings by name with inside jokes tossed back and forth. It is what we think a small community is like.
No Fourth of July should end without a good fireworks display. Humboldt had a good one right in front of our motorhome. It was great display, especially for such a small community.
It was a great Fourth of July in Iowa!