Yesterday was a celebration of my favorite day of the year. At least, in Weaverville. For the uninitiated...it starts with the Firecracker 5k. It used to be a hokey little race with Nic Seig and David Dail running in pink bunny suits, smoking cigarretes and winning the dang thing. But now, it is a pretty serious race with over 350 participants. After the 5k, you go back home and cook up something to bring to the Annual Troyer Potluck. The Troyers get to have this little party because they live right off of Main Street Weaverville. So about 50 people come over and eat and then head up to Main Street because there are thousands of locals milling about with the requisite fanny packs, cigarette dangling from their lips and amazing conversations to overhear. Also, Tuxedo Junction is playing and they are possibly the greatest utility rock cover band in America. There are little kids dancing right next to rednecks getting their freak on, next to granny and grandpa doing the foxtrot. It is a little slice of America right here in our back yard. If Norman Rockwell was still alive...he'd be in Weaverville painting the 4th of July.
So yesterday, I got up early to go run the 5k. I was only doing it because I knew Natalie Knauer was and since she is bizarro Leslie and I am bizarro Natalie, I had to go run. I ended up hanging with Shaunna Wild who led me around town. She placed 2nd in her age group and I finished 3rd in mine! 26:04 ain't bad for a lady of two kids! Also, Asher ran in the fun run...I mean he only made it about 1/4 of a mile...but he was in his crocs and there were firetrucks and police cars everywhere so he got distracted.
We ended the day with fireworks in the grass behind the Troyers and it was lovely.