August 10, 2014

Prior Lake Lakefront Days 2014


Prior Lake Lakefront Days 2014
Todd Swank's Diary Entry for August 10, 2014


Prior Lake's Lakefront Park is a beautiful park next to the lake that has walking trails, a large beach, a skateboard park, picnic areas, and playgrounds for the kiddies.  And every year, it hosts a festival called Lakefront Days.


Friday night the park hosted many local businesses who had booths to showcase their wares.  There were also multiple food trucks and activities for the kids.  Our boys abandoned us about 2 minutes after we arrived and left us stuck with the dog they insisted we bring.  He was quite the popular attraction, though, and had several people come up and ask to rub him.  Lucky dog.  Nobody ever just wants to come up and rub me.


The boys found some friends, dyed their hair funny colors, and found a truck loaded with video games that kept them busy for most of the night.  Otherwise known as a typical Friday night.


All in all, the boys had a good time.


Saturday morning was the Lakefront Days Parade.  Which was good.  Because I Love A Parade! 


There were nice clowns that carried around kids in cages.


There were pretty beauty queens.  This lady's sign said she was Mrs. Minnesota and I believe she was very pregnant.  That pageant must have some really interesting talent competitions in it.


There were a bunch of politicians like our local representative to the US House, John Kline.  He smiled and waved at me which made me think he might want to stop and talk to me, but then he just kept on walking.


This float seemed to be engaged in some false advertising.  That dog looked like he had no cheer inside him whatsoever.


We even saw some old friends like Rachel Tikalsky.  


Towards the end of the parade came the float we'd been waiting for.  Prior Lake Robotics!


Luke was excited because he was selected to wear the club's one jester hat.  It seems to fit him appropriately.


Avery didn't get a unique hat to wear, but his pink purse lent him a little bit of extra style for the day.


Our buddy, Dan, was driving the truck and he kept it going straight the whole way.  Except when he needed to turn corners.  He turned during those times.  Which was good.


He was pulling the club's honorary king for the day, John Titus.  He's been one of the team mentors since it was founded and he is an incredibly talented engineer.  The team is lucky to have someone with his experience.  Which is why they had guards posted at each one of his sides to make sure he was protected from all the crazies watching the parade.


Joel Volm strongly led the crew through the streets of Prior Lake.  Joel has been an assistant coach for the team since it was founded, but this year will be assuming the role of head coach.  We're excited to see where his leadership takes the team!


Shortly after the Prior Lake Robotics float went by, we saw the horses which we all know means the end of the parade.  I think it would be more fun if they let the horses go first, but then again I'm not the one who has to walk behind them.


For the rest of the day we hung out with our friends, Jen and Dan Walters.  They're such nice people.  Please don't tell them I said that, though.