The parade is almost over.

Kids hold bags of candy and wait for fire trucks to pass and toss extra sweets onto the pavement at their feet.. Hoses and fire axes are secured and firemen,in uniforms with suspenders, wave at the community lining the parade route. Fires can pop up 24/7 but this is a one story town and most fires are crippled buildings torched for insurance money,or brush fires.

The 2017 version of the Punkin Chunkin parade is not much different than the 2016 version, and won’t be much different from the 2018 version.

There are days you wouldn’t think there was anything to celebrate, but people don’t need a lot of reasons to kick up their heels in the territories.

Catching sweets thrown from official vehicles is a metaphor for America in 2018.





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