Every year the City of Norfolk hosts a fall festival. It used to be called "Lavitsef",which is Festival spelled backwards. But about 3 years ago, the name was changed to Oktoberfest because the city has a large German background. There are many activities going on in the city for the fall weekend.
We love attending the parade on Saturday morning. It is filled with area marching bands. The parade lasted for two hours and the kids hauled in a big bag of candy. Uncle Randy joined us this year to watch the parade.
This is the Norfolk Catholic Junior High marching band. The kids can be seen daily at school marching up and down the street and in the parking lot practicing.
The Creighton High School Marching Band was also in the parade. Eli was on our side with his baritone.
Later in the parade was the Norfolk Catholic High School Marching Band.
Towards the end of the parade was Kelly's softball. Ashlin and Cara walked with the teams and threw out candy. Cara is pretty much an honorary member. She doesn't play, but she goes to almost all the games and hangs out with the players.
Later in the afternoon, Justin, Ashlin and I went down to the Chamber of Commerce corner where the bands were playing. The street was blocked off and the kids enjoyed the bouncy houses. Inside the tent, Cole's band, the North Fork, were playing two sets. Cole is one of the neighbor boys. He grew up on the block over from us. He is now a senior at Kansas University and this is his band. The band has an Irish folk sound.
That evening Keith and I went back downtown to meet up with friends to watch the Nebraska football game, watch the Mr. Oktoberfest competition, and listen to the Rude Band play in the beer tent. The Mr. Oktoberfest was won by a friend, Steve Burroughs. It was a fun day!