Sunday, June 04, 2006

harvard milk days

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This weekend they're celebrating Milk Days in Harvard, Illinois. We made the drive today to catch the annual parade.

This is the longest running festival in Illinois, and was created to honor the local farmers who stepped up production in 1942 in order to feed the troops in World War II. At that time Harvard was known as the Milk Capital of the World.

It was a great parade and the route was lined with kids of all ages, including these girls who were escorted from the retirement home and given a prime shaded location from which to watch the activities.

My mind has entertained the thought that one of the girls had been the Milk Days Queen in the distant past.


poopie said...

Precious picture!

pablo said...

Doesn't look like they're drinking milk though.

Zanne said...

No, they're not. I certainly hope those green cans are not Mountain Dew!

There was a milk drinking contest later in the day. I'm not sure if they participated.

KatKit13 said...

The minute I saw this I smiled! What a cute bunch. Then I cracked up at the Pepsi and soda cans.

What a neat fest.

BullysE said...

I used to live there, in Harvard. :-) Gosh, good memories.

The local TV celebrity comes from there too, and how ironic to hear him speak of the Harvard Milk Days, the first weekend of June!

Deb said...

Gosh I just love that picture!!