Red, White, & MOO!

July 4th is the anniversary of our nation's Independence, but here at Riverside Farms it will also forever be known as the day the Conants took home the grand prize in the Richmond town parade.

Getting ready to head into town -- before the Conant clan boarded

Now, I was never really into the crepe-paper insanity of spirit week back in high school, and if I had the opportunity to sneak out of a pep rally, I'd gladly take it. Frankly, I was never much of a joiner.

But that mentality just doesn't cut it here on the farm, and in my new role as a bona fide farmer's wife I decided I needed a radical attitude make-over, crepe-paper included. Which is why I decided we'd be entering a float in the July 4th parade this year.

At first RM was very reluctant! "Too much work to do! No time to build a float!" But that didn't stop me, and frankly his resistance didn't persist very long. Soon he was charging forward on construction and every one was joining in -- his sisters, brother-in-laws, cousins, and Ryan and Melissa, part of our farm staff.

Melissa and Liberty
The star of our float was a real-life calf we named Liberty, and a costumed cousin named Greg who danced around (and frankly, nearly died of heat stroke) inside a giant cow outfit. My vintage 1974 tractor pulled the float, and our classic Case followed behind. Some lovely dairy maids and their men handed out goodies to the crowd. RM wore a "barrel" of cheese (I wish I had a better photo!) and the little boys and I dressed in overalls.

Our friends at Cabot Cheese and Keep Local Farms donated some fun giveaways. Thanks to their generosity, we were able to toss yummy cheese and funky cow bracelets to the crowd. Parade go-ers of all ages eagerly snatched up the giveaways.

Greg: smiling on the outside, sweating on the inside!
When the parade was over, we all headed to the lake to cool off and hoped for the best. Around 3pm, as I floated in a giant pink inner tube, someone yelled out to me that the parade judges had called.

"We won first place!"

Was it the free cheese, the cow costume, the calf, or the fact that we told the judges we'd donate the proceeds back to the parade fund that ultimately sealed our victory? Perhaps we'll never know for sure. What I do know is, if you thought this year's float was good, Richmond, look out! The Riverside Farms parade committee has big plans for next year!

Steven (July 13, 2012 at 9:42 AM)  

Hi Alison,
What a great blog. I enjoy your insightful and often humorous takes on life and its many twists and turns. Nice going pulling off 1st place in the big parade. I bet not many 1st time entires have achieved #1!! With a helium balloon next year the folks at Macy's will be giving you a call to be in the Thanksgiving Day Parade.
So glad you and R made it to Maine and Peaks Island for the wedding. It was great to meet you and hopefully you can get back sometime. Things are getting back to normal here in Cape Elizabeth but we still are basking in the memories of the wonderful wedding and all the family and friends it brought together. Have a great day!!

Steve Hill
Pat's Dad

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