Labor Day always seems to officially mark the end of summer even though autumn doesn't arrive on the calendar until September 23rd. I enjoy the four distinct seasons we experience in Michigan, but I hate letting go of summer with its long days of sunshine. Our summers are so short, and fall signals the approaching l-o-n-g months of winter. Since Mother Nature gives us no choice, I'll embrace autumn with gratitude when it arrives.
As for today, Michiganders in the southeastern part of the state have the State Fair in Novi, and the Peach Festival in Romeo to enjoy. Both will conclude today. Then we'll enjoy the Cider Mills which we have in abundance.
Clear skies and 81 degrees was the weather in my area as my hubby and I headed off to the Peach Festival around 11:00 a.m. There's an annual Peach Festival parade in downtown Romeo, but we opted to go to the festivities at Frontier Town this year.
Don't you love the sight of the American flag flying in the breeze!
Frontier Town was bustling with lots of vendors, shoppers, and activities.
Lighted ceramic Christmas trees are making a comeback. These were for sale at a ceramic booth. I still have mine from the early 1970's!
I was glad to see a booth selling tea.
And a booth with freshly baked peach hand pies, as well as full-size pies.
We opted for two hand pies, because we would have eaten a full-size pie had we bought one!
Bake My Day Bakery has a storefront building at Frontier Town in addition to their booth at the festival.
Who can resist stopping at the Ice Cream store for a peach ice cream cone? Not us!
A two scoop cone for Jerry and one scoop for me. Um...Um...Good!
Cute water fall and perfect for Frontier Town.
I've blogged about the Country Store before. They carry a large selection of unique candy.
As we were heading out of town we stopped at Westview Orchard for a few ripe, juicy peaches.
Nothing reminds us that fall is approaching than seeing pumpkins growing in the fields. This field was right before we got on the expressway to come home. Jerry pulled off to the side of the road so I could take a picture.
Our son and daughter-in-law [who are vacationing in Arizona right now] saw my Facebook post about the Peach Festival and said both of our granddaughters, Brianna and Brooke, were in the Peach Festival Parade this year as Cinderella and Belle. We missed it! ;-(
This was a week of milestones. Not only did I celebrate my 1,600th blog post with a giveaway, but my 2008 Chevrolet HHR [aka 'Betsy'] turned over 100,000 miles on Saturday. My hubby bought the car brand new for me. It gets great gas mileage and maneuvers easily - the perfect size for little people like me. Since Chevrolet doesn't make them anymore, I hope she keeps running for many more miles.
I was out running errands on Saturday when I saw the odometer roll over 100,000 miles, so I pulled off on a sidestreet to take a picture of it. ;-) Love my HHR!