Friday, October 23, 2009

Pioneer Day

Beaver, Utah...a place that is very near and dear to my heart. My mom grew up in this small town and we spent a lot of time there when I was a kid. One thing we could always count on was spending the 24th of July in Beaver. Aside from celebrating the pioneers of course, Beaver IS Pioneer day to me. I don't ever remember spending this holiday anywhere else. As we kids got older and moved away from home, it became a little less frequent. But now that we have kids of our own, the tradition is back in full force. Very little has changed as far as what goes down in Beaver on Pioneer day...I absolutely love it. I'm so glad to be able to pass this tradition on to my kids and hope they cherish it as much as I do.

(P.S. I am completely aware that I am still posting stuff from July and it is now October. Yes, I'm a loser)

(P.P.S. I know we always post a billion pictures here at S and E Frazier, but I am a very visual person, so that's just how we roll.)

I love the sense of community that exists in this town and the parade reflects that well.

Max and Cohen get a kick out of each other

My little 2nd cousin Amanda
Amanda and her Uncle Jonny

My cute Aunt Sylvia on her 50th reunion float

Jayne rockin' her silver sandals...she's so festive

My bro Greg with his boy Cohen

This is Jayne's infamous bitter beer face. She spends 3/4 of her day like this

Max gearing up for the foot races

And he's off!

Shane and I participated too. We were in the 20-35 division. We weren't first, but we weren't last either, so job well done. This is Shane and Jonny faking it for me since their race was right after mine and I couldn't get to my camera in time. Upon seeing John Beck there (his grandma lives in Beaver) they were a little nervous to race, but were relieved when he didn't join in the festivities. Jonny actually came in 2nd...not surprising since his legs are as long as I am tall. He won 50 whole cents for his accomplishments...way to go big guy.

The 24th in Beaver wouldn't be complete without a visit to the horse track. If you have never been to a live horse race, GO! It's a blast.
We all waited with bated breath to see if our horse would win

Some, however, did not find it as exciting

As we were waiting to go to dinner, we stopped by this little peacock farm. There were at least 15 of them strutting around and we were lucky that this one decided to put on a real show.

This little rooster was cracking us up. He looked as though someone had put him through a garbage disposal, but he was strutting around behind the peacocks as if he was one of them.

You can't go to Beaver and not visit the Creamery to get some yummy cheese samples and a huge ice cream cone. This was Max's inaugural visit.

And what would the 24th be without lighting off a few fireworks.

My Sister-in-law Amber

I won't go into how grateful I am for the pioneers since I did that a few posts ago, but I love to celebrate them on this day.


Ang said...

Oh Lou... good memories of ole Beaver. And no you're not a loser. I like how you roll Girl! Great pics.

Angie said...

What a fun day! I miss UT!!! Happy Pioneer Day!

Jen said...

That bitter beer face is hilarious!

The Schroaders said...

Now it is official! We must be related! Shane's family in Idaho,...your family in Beaver! My mom's family is from Idaho and my Dad grew up in Beaver! My Dad's parents are Joe and Merle Nelson! What a small world! Love the pics!!