Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Summer Festivities

If you don't think about the heat, summer is a pretty awesome time to live in Arizona, especially because we live close to Prescott, which was once the territorial capital. Old cities mean festivities!

Here a few festivities we've enjoyed lately: (Sorry for the poor photos)

The World's Oldest Rodeo! There's debate about whether or not Prescott really has the oldest rodeo, but I don't care because it's an awesome show! Pro riders come from all over the United States and world (one from Australia this year!) to compete, and points count towards the pro rodeo championship. Plus, the half-time (if you can call it that) shows are pretty cool. Wild Child performed the night we attended, and he jumped his motorcycle over a full truck and trailer! That takes skill.

After the rodeo comes the rodeo parade, a full two-hour affair with lots of horses, my favorite. Seriously this is one of the best parades I've ever been to. Someday I might go to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade or the Rose Bowl parade, but this is as good as it gets around here.

Cookout, fireworks, and flag cake! These are Fourth of July traditions in our home.

Cookout foods vary from year to year, but this year, it was hamburgers with sides of baked beans (one of my favorite cookout sides), lettuce, tomatoes, and veggies with homemade ranch dip. Yum!

Our city was the only one of the three cities in our area that had fireworks (due to the Goodwin fire). The show was pretty awesome with multiple mortars shot up at once, various shapes, sizes and colors of fireworks, and an intense grand finale. 

Flag cake is a layer of pound cake topped with a layer of blueberries and strawberries, whipped cream, and another layer of blueberries and strawberries to form a flag. We've made it every year since I was 9 or 10.

And this year, I got a candle in my piece of flag cake to celebrate a year of my adventures here. Here's to many more!

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