Staying dry at the festival

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Column by Jim Clark

By Jim Clark

With rain gear, hat, towel and other paraphernalia packed, I headed to the Watermelon Festival last Saturday.

Fortunately, I didn't need a lot of that stuff.

The steady drizzle that was in the air as the booths opened at 9 a.m. gave way to cloudy skies about 45 minutes later, and the parade went off without people getting soaked. The contestants were able to ride atop their cars and trucks, many sitting on towels, without getting drenched. The crowds, while late in arriving, seemingly appeared out of nowhere as the event got started and waved, cheered and, for the younger (usually) onlookers, fought for candy that was thrown from many of the floats that slowly moved down U.S. Highway 19-98. Sometimes that candy plunked a photographer on the head, but what the heck, I had my Mets hat on for protection, and I resisted the temptation to pick up the candy and throw it back.

The parade took exactly 30 minutes to pass me, not a bad length, but not as long as it is during an election year. Next year, add a dozen or so politicians to the mix and it will be longer.

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