Saturday, October 02, 2010


If it's October, it must be time for Oktoberfest. Today we drove from Lathrop State Park, where we are staying for three days and where we were volunteers for six weeks, to LaVeta to their Oktoberfest and Car Show. The town has really been hurt by the recession and we weren't expecting much. But were we surprised! The streets were packed. Almost everyone from three counties must have been there.

Not many people were dressed appropriately for the celebration, this this gentleman was.

At one end of the main street we found a music stage. The band was at least dressed for the occasion and a multi-generational group was trying to dance to the music. But who knew the Chicken dance was German?

There were lots of craft booths and food purveyors, as well as a beer garden. Everyone seemed to be doing a brisk business.

We almost feel at home here. As we sat in the beer garden, we were greeted by Karen, one of the state park employees. When you run into locals that you know while attending a local festival, you really feel like you belong.

A local hot rod club sponsored the car show. I was really partial to this one. My first car was also a 1955 Chevy. But it didn't look as good as this one.

Isn't this one really something?

And how did they get a car in this position?

When we returned to our car, I noticed one homeowner made really creative use of a tree stump. Isn't it neat?

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