On Friday night, we strolled around Lockhart's famous city square, took a few photographs of the well-known Caldwell County Courthouse, and stumbled upon a local County Fair or carnival, just like you'd see in the movies.
And a final one. The people lining up in the right foreground, was our 'clue' that there was something else going on in town. We eventually boarded a schoolbus at this spot, which took us to the County Fair at the Lockhart Municipal Park.
Other than the rides, a county fair is all about the food... Hot wings and sausage on a stick. Hmmm...
If you're a kid, you don't care that the boat doesn't float or can't steer. This is as much fun as a kid can have, especially with his grandparents looking on.
But first we had to go and get some corn dogs, french fries and onion rings. Just kidding.
The next morning (Saturday 13 June) we raced the Lockhart Kiwanis 5K, which was held at the Lockhart Junior High School a few miles out of town. Kathleen did very well, with both a PR and second place in her age group. My race was ok, but a finish time of over 22 minutes was well off my personal best time. Also, in a race with 10-year age groups, a 57-year old is at a distinct disadvantage in the 50-59 year old age group. Race directors really should get with the program and offer prizes & awards in 5-year increments, right up to 75+. Look around you at your next 5K race - there's a lot of gray out there.
Kathleen chatting to a Colorado Springs runner who went to school in the area, at (then) Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos.
Later that morning we returned to the Lockhart city square for the annual Chisholm Trail Parade. We were baffled at the inclusion of some of the 'floats' such as this cool pick-up truck.
There were many, many traditional floats like this one, complete with constantly waving princesses, and a chicken in the barn.
I always marvel at the guts it takes to appear in public in an outfit like this. Barbecue-loving Shriners.
Yet another float with a waving princess, first runner-up & second runner-up.
This little group in the tuxedos and long dresses were hot. Temperature hot. It was well into the upper 80's by the time they floated around.
And then, incongruously bringing up the rear, a parade of Corvettes, including this official Indy Pace Car.Followed by several other 'Vettes, with one owner impatiently revving the powerful engine.
No blog entry about Lockhart is complete without at least one barbecue photograph. These two Smitty's employees retrieve smoked ribs, brisket and sausage from the smokers in the background and then chop them up into smaller pieces. Smitty's offers 'lean' cuts of barbecue, but judging by these guys' overalls, most of what they sell is definitely not lean.