Mike Bender and Nathan King with the Pipestone National Monument Water Tower Festival float.
We had a little confusion trying to find the right line-up spot since we had only vague, oral directions. A few 23 mph. laps around the neighborhood and we finally got directed to our line-up spot, #55!
We were stuck behind a group throwing candy out for kids and in front of a drum line. Between the panic caused by the candy-throwing and the attention-hogging of the drum line, it made us feel pretty insignificant in our silent car.
The wind was blowing out of the northwest (which has now brought us some cool, dry air, thankfully) and when we got the Cushman cranked up to full speed going down the road, we lost one of our foam antenna balls. The rest survived the parade, but by the time we fought the headwind coming back to the park, we were short three antenna balls (out of 4) and two antennas.
It was a good showing for the park, which, I was told, had not participated in the parade in years. I hope that next year, the parade theme would fit my new float design "Electric car, electric guitar, Pipestone ROCKS!" Someone would just ride in the back playing electric guitar. I told the superintendent of my plan. He seemed concerned that the hamster in my head was picking up speed.
We couldn't have pulled off the float without the help of John Lentz and the others in Resource Management and especially Clark Burmeister in Maintenance, who did the construction work. I came up with the design and painted it.