Small Town Saturday Night

Saturday, June 25 dawned grey and rainy, and got worse from there. Josh was refusing to fold his laundry, a ten minute task that he turned into 2.5 hour ordeal. One that caused him to miss the birth of a foal in our barn, I might add. (what a cute little baby THAT one is. I’ll try and get a shot of her for you. She’s the tiniest little thing. Her hoofprints are about the size of a quarter. Josh has already named her “Pepsi”)

Anyway, later in the day, after a whopper load of yardwork, I excused myself  to run to the store. While in town, my phone rang. It was the rep from our town’s race track, informing me that Josh’s name had been drawn, and he was invited to come to the track to represent the Kids Fan Club by presenting a trophy to a driver.

Suddenly, the day was looking up. I drove home, told Steve what was up, and we told Josh that he’d won a prize, but that’s ALL we told him. Didn’t tell him where we were going, only that we had to leave now, and he had to wear jeans and a long sleeved shirt.

Off we went. Josh had no idea we were doing this, it happened so quickly, and he never knew that I filled out the form for the drawing. So we drove through town, and he’s looking around, “Look! There are cars in front of us, going to the race!” as I turned in behind two trucks pulling racers. We followed them all the way into the Fairgrounds before he realized that maybe we were going to the races, too. And suddenly, he was beside himself. Literally shaking with excitement. He’s been begging to go to the races since he first learned that the track was there, a couple years ago, but we kept saying no, because before this, he just seemed too little. Earplugs wouldn’t fit in his little ears!

Well, we got there, checked in, and Josh got his Prize Bag, which included a McDonald’s Hat, a McD’s bag, a lanyard (also McD’s), and a coupon for a free burger. But the highlight of the evening was the races. We watched the opening heats…

And after they finished, Josh and I got to go across to the pavilion to watch the Features – the actual races of the evening. There were five. And at the end of each race, Josh waved his own Checkered Flag out the side of the pavilion… just in case the drivers didn’t see the Official Flag Dude (I think that’s the correct title).

And after waving the Checkered Flag, he got to go down to Victory Lane and present the trophy to the drivers. All five of them.

The trophies were almost as big as he is.

One of the drivers just turned 15! He started racing last year, at age 13. His grandfather is a legend at our local track.

photo credit: Independence Motor Speedway Photographer. I don't know his name, but he was a nice guy.

By the end of the night, we were covered in dirt, a little dizzy from spinning around, and Josh was making plans to go racing again as soon as possible. Next time, I’m bringing my noise-cancelling headphones!!

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9 Responses to Small Town Saturday Night

  1. SKL says:

    Cool! It’s so nice to surprise our little ones – especially with memorable times like that.

  2. Sue says:

    I’m so happy for Josh that he got to do that! Something he’ll never forget!

  3. Joy says:

    This really is the coolest COOLEST thing. I like too how you didn’t tell him and you surprised him. I’ll bet he felt like such a big-shot. Good for him.

    We should so more personal stuff like this more often. We’ve gotten away from them and this was good to read.

  4. Phyllis says:

    Easy to tell from on the pics on fb that Josh had a fabulous time! I’ll bet this is one he’ll always remember!

  5. Laura says:

    I forgot to tell you… if you click the last picture, it will open (in another window) a series of pics from that night. You can see Josh with all five drivers, as well as a bunch of shots of the actual racing.

    Oh, did we have fun!! This is one of the things I just love about Small/Rural Towns. We might not have the culture and nightlife of the Big City, but the stuff we do have is really cool, like this race and our upcoming Independence Day Festivities – our town goes all out for July 4th, as do many of the towns around here. (not to mention the “Flood Parties” that happen every time the river rises)

    Our town also has (if I can remember to do it) a tour of our town “Underground”. Many of the buildings are built on top of their originals – the town has been built up because of flooding – so their basements are actually what used to be the shops. Those “shops” are still there, and our Historical Society has created a tour of them. They already ran one this summer, but there’s a second tour happening on July 16. Josh actually mentioned that he’d like to go, so we might sign on for that. If we do, I’ll bring the camera. It might be worth sharing.

  6. Laura says:

    PPS… the young lady next to Josh wearing the crown is our current Buchanan County Fair Queen. Her name is Rachel, and she’s really sweet. She and I nearly lost our voices cheering for Tyler, the 15 year old. He led for most of his race, but in the last three laps, he kept switching the lead with another driver. They looked like they were going to photo-finish, but at the last turn, the other driver went wide, and Tyler won it. I really think it was because Rachel and I were cheering so loudly… 😉

  7. Jenny says:

    Well how cool is that! I bet he was just so excited. We will probably bring Hunter to a demo derby around fair time. Definitely bringing head phones with. It’s so loud! Glad you guys had a good time. The pictures of Josh are cute 🙂

  8. Nikki says:

    How cool was that?! He looks so happy! I bet he was just beside himself when he figured it out! I’m glad the evening ended a whole lot better than the way your day started, and you have some great memories forever!

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