CONRAD - A breeze kept the potentially-scorching temperatures at bay and that was just fine for the hundreds of people that came out to the Black Dirt Days parade in Conrad Saturday. The parade featured more than 50 entries with many taking on this year's Pirate Adventure theme.
"It just keeps getting bigger and better," said parade announcer Denny Grabenbauer.
Saturday was a jam-packed day of events that included kids games, magic shows, a car show, street dance and a new event - a tractor and truck pull.
T-R PHOTO BY ANDREW POTTER
Children and staff at Wolf Creek Child Care and Preschool get into the pirate theme during the parade at Conrad Black Dirt Days Saturday.
Friday night's festivities included a dueling pianos show, fireworks and the mouth-watering 20-foot long sundae. The sundae didn't last long as the crowd was ready to devour it.
"There was a huge line of people who were excited to see it," said Angie Martin, lead organizer of Black Dirt Days. "And we had a crowd of people all night at the piano show."
Following the parade Saturday, 9-year-old Cole Steinbronn, of Waverly, looked through his full bag of sweets and seemed pleased - especially with his haul of Tootsie Rolls. When asked what he liked best of the parade he was instructed to say visiting his aunt and uncle who live in Beaman, but he didn't take their orders.
"The candy," he said with a smile. "I got a lot of it."