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Another action-packed weekend

September 14, 2010 - Cindy Votruba

It's always nice to have two days off in a row, well for me anyway. And both days were filled with activity. Although I wasn't too fond of getting up at 6:30 a.m. on Saturday to get to Ross' house by 7:30 so we could drive to the Renaissance Festival, but it was a beautful day weather-wise. It's the 40th anniversary of the Fest, so it was all the better. After a couple of stops at thrift stores in Winthrop and Belle Plaine, we made it there around 11:30. Just in time to eat. Ross had to get his turkey leg; I opted for a chicken philly sandwich (and wished I had eaten something else). The Fest is always a prime place for people watching and seeing what kinds of costumes they may wear — from the belly dancers to the royalty. This year, we also explored a couple of places I've never been to in the 14 years (on and off) I've been to the Ren Fest — the Secret Garden and then the dungeon (which showed all forms of medieval torture). And we had to follow our favorite Fest band around, the Dregs. We also played the game nine-men's Morris. I beat Ross and then I bought a copy of the game so he could get a rematch. 

We were also there for pet weekend, so everyone and their dog were there. One was wearing a pair of sunglasses and this woman just squealed "where did you get those?" "Internet" was the answer. Of course.

As for Sunday, it was onto Atwater's Threshing Show. Yes, on purpose. Four members from Ross' barbershop chorus put together a quartet for part of the musical entertainment for the event. It's like the Pioneer Power threshing show in Hanley Falls — antique tractors, a featured brand, small engines, displays, etc. There was even a display of the Atwater Press, which had an old typesetting machine. The man demonstrating the equipment worked the press at one time at the Star Tribune. Very cool. So of course we engaged in a little conversation about newspapers. Watched some old tractors try to pull more than they should at the antique tractor pull and tasted some sorghum before leaving the threshing show.


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