07 June 2013

2013 Strawberry Festival Parade

Lebanon, Oregon has a few things going for it, including the Strawberry Festival which takes place the first full weekend in June. Each year the Strawberry Festival is centered around a theme. I remember our first summer in Lebanon the theme was Strawberries in Paradise, which featured more than one float with a gambling theme (pair of dice...). You are going to smile at this year's festival theme - it was "Strawberries of the Round Table." I'm not sure who was inspired with the knowledge that strawberries were a favorite treat of King Arthur, but the participants in the parade should be rewarded for their creativity with the theme!

In fact, it's hard to choose a favorite. There was the knight riding a bike, trailing his captured dragon friend. I was pleased that the Boys and Girls Club won first place for their float featuring animated strawberries... as knights... battling a realistic animated dragon. Seriously impressive! There was also some parade features with no aparent relation to the round table, such as an electric guitar weilding viking, square dancers, and pirates.

I only stayed for the first half of the parade (it is a LONG LONG parade, and was a hot day!), but I was thoroughly entertained. Another successful celebration of strawberries, Lebanon!