As I have mentioned several times before, Puff and I (and Bimmer too... not that she has any choice) like to hit up as many festivals as possible. Remember Bele Chere and Coon Dog Days?
So when Puff heard about the Irmo Okra Strut, we were sold. Even after living in the Columbia area for 7 years, I had never been before. And the promise of a parade and fried goodness? Pfft... Puff was all over that!
Having a 4 month old skews our ability to be places exactly on time anymore, so when we got to the end of the parade route right after 9am, we were worried we wouldn't be able to find parking or a good spot for viewing. However, a wrong turn into a bank parking lot got us a primo parking space and we ended up getting a great spot to watch that wasn't over-crowded.
Bimmer slept for the first part of the parade, but when she woke up, she put her hands over her ears as a loud group went by. She's such a smarty-pants!
After the parade, we walked a few blocks to the festival and gladly paid a $1.00 donation to be able to get our family photo taken with the giant inflatable Okra Man!
The most memorable part of the day was when Kimhead was feeding Bimmer on a nice bench in a nice shady spot in the park... and a giant acorn fell at warp-speed from the giant tree over us and landed smack dab in the middle of Bimmer's forehead. Needless to say, there was some forgetting-to-breathe crying happening. Poor baby!!!
Kimhead and Puff shared a nice big ol' order of fried okra (which they dubbed some of the best they had ever had) but I was skeptical. I'm not much for veggies to begin with, but I figured I might as well try it.
I spit it out.
In the bushes.
It wasn't one of my prouder moments.
But hey... at least I tried it! I can officially give a thumbs up to the Okra Strut, but a definitely double thumbs down to okra itself!