Friday, March 27, 2009

Columbiana's Cowboy Parade

Near the end of February, Columbiana, Alabama hosted its first "Cowboy Parade." People rode their horses or drove their donkey driven wagons through town in a unique parade. A pretty large crowd (for Columbiana anyway) turned out to see the parade and other attractions, or maybe they came for the free chili. It was a beautiful day with clear blue skies and very comfortable temperatures for wandering around to see roping demonstrations, herding dogs, and a staged wild west bank roberry. A good time was had by all.

The best view in town for the parade was had by these two little fellows. "I see horses!" I'm afraid tree climbing is becoming a lost art in America, even amongst the little boys.

The most interesting thing to me about the whole day was watching the blacksmiths fashion horseshoes from steel. Here the fire heats the steel red hot.

It took a few tries, but I actually caught the sparks flying. Click on any of the photos for a larger view.

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