Last week’s poll asked if you enjoyed thunderstorms. While I figured a good number of people did, I was surprised to see that 90% of you did. Wow! No chickens here! I guess loud and booming sounds alongside light shows don’t bother you guys.
Speaking of loud booming sounds alongside light shows (I’m so corny, I know), yesterday Josh and I headed to Delano for their annual Fourth of July Celebration. Billed as the oldest and largest in Minnesota, they had one particular event which greatly interested both of us–a bean bag tournament.
Their first annual event, they were looking for 64 teams and payouts went to the top 5. Aside from some convoluted rules to keep play moving so the tourney wouldn’t go all day (it almost did anyway) they followed American Cornhole Association rules. Josh and I don’t follow those but are familiar with the boards themselves and did fairly well placing 5th overall and winning our $20 entry fee back. We had an absolute blast playing and look forward to next year’s tournament already.
On our way into Delano on the morning of the third we noticed people already outside getting ready for the parade on the 4th. What were they doing? Saving their seats for the next day. Delano residents apparently take this parade quite seriously as the bean bag tournament guys (the Jaycees) said they would do this on the 3rd every year something to which I replied I’d be there as long as it wasn’t a weekday but maybe they should consider the 4th instead. This they immediately mentioned wouldn’t work–mainly due to the parade going on that day.
Well anyway, the people are saving their spots on the sidelines of the parade days in advance with chairs, roped off areas, and large tarps. Basically anything they could find to note that this was their spot and no one else was to take it. This is something I have noticed a lot in Minnesota. While I am not a parade person myself–never was–I have never seen this particular phenomenon anywhere else I have lived or been.
So my question for you this week is do you save seats for parades? If so why? Do you think it’s the right thing to do or should it be first come, first serve on the day of? Have you noticed this happen elsewhere in the country or is this really just limited to Minnesota (or maybe the Upper Midwest)? Whatever you think about saving seats in advance for parades go ahead and vote on the sidebar and then comment on. After you do that feel free to check out our expired polls in the archive or read through the previous posts about polls here.