Spreading a little Christmas cheer
Little did I know what I had gotten myself into when I walked into our local hardware store about a month ago…
I was on a quick errand to get a few odds and ends (light bulbs, gate snaps, spray paint and a parlor hose nozzle, if I remember right). As I was paying at the counter Jessica, the owners’ daughter, asked if I would be willing to drive my tractor in the Christmas parade in a few weeks.
Mind you, Jessica also serves on the city council and is responsible for drumming up community involvement. I thought, Great!!! That should be fun. No big deal, crops will be over and I could free up a tractor to drive…
So I said, “Sure thing!” and went on my way back to the farm.
Little did I know that was just the beginning…
Apparently, I misheard that I was supposed to decorate the whole tractor in Christmas lights and drive it through the parade, which was being held at night. It was a Christmas light parade. Considering this is the first parade I’ve been in as Scott Ferry, and not Sparty, I should have known to pay a little more attention. Still, I thought, No big deal, and I asked Ali if she would pick up some lights on her way home one night.
On the day of the parade I finally decided that if we were going to do this big event, we better do it right. If the city of Litchfield was going to invite a dairy farmer to a Christmas light parade, then we needed to make this an event to remember.
So, I hooked up my 6,000-gallon manure tanker behind my tractor, and we started decorating. It took us from 11 a.m. that morning right up until the parade start time at 7 p.m. that evening to get everything just right. Eight hours, 24 strands of lights, two power inverters and one generator mounted to the hitch of my tractor and we were ready to run the mega parade float! (Not to mention Rudolph as the hood ornament and Prancer bringing up the rear on top of the spreader)
As the time came to make our way into town, all I could do was hope and pray that everything would hold together. We arrived at the parade without a problem, and joined the line up. Now, I have to say, for a small town of 1,300 people, I was quite impressed with the number of entries.
We made our way through town and everything went perfectly!
Whew!! Talk about sweaty palms driving through the center of town with a big rig and a manure tanker behind you. That’s not easy!
All in all, we had a blast, and Ali and Amelia got to ride along. It made us proud to be a part of a small town, and to be able to “spread” a little Christmas cheer along the way.