I was taking advantage of the weather to get projects done, so I'm a bit late with the 4th of July post.
|Crowds! Even in Wrangell.|
As part of the celebration in Wrangell, the organizational committee decided that a "Wearable Art" exhibition would be included in the local talent show. I found out in both events, that there were creative people in town. The children's part totally entranced the entire crowd, which by the way, filled the auditorium, standing room only. (I had to stand against a side wall.)
|Young girls in traditional Thai attire, doing a cultural dance.|
|This costume was made out of painted crab shells, and she walked the runway while her brother played his violin.|
I didn't know I was going to take photos at this event, so I wasn't prepared for a couple of really good costumes. One little girl dressed up as a caveman, and strutted out to "Hooked on a Feeling", which starts out with a chorus of "ooga chucka, ooga chucka", too cute! I also missed a group of young Tlingit children in full regalia dancing to AC/DC, that performance had the crowd cheering and clapping. It was so fun seeing the kids, mostly unafraid, walking out in front of a large group of people and hamming it up onstage.
The adult portion was just as entertaining. The theme for this year's Fourth of July celebration was "Making Waves", and that was evident in the wearable art presentations.
Lights seem to be common to help dress up the costume.
The full line up of contestants.
If you're really interested in the Wearable Art trend, this dress, made out of thousands of salmon vertebrae, is gorgeous, and fascinating. Read the article, it's worth it: "Twenty Thousand Bones".
There were the usual parade, and activities that take place in Wrangell, and an event that was added back into the lineup, that hadn't taken place in years, boat races.
The logging competition includes, hand axe, swede saw, axe throw, chainsaw, and team events.
It's a fun week in Wrangell. (Yes, a week long celebration, with picnics, canoe races, quilt show, greased pole climb, and many other events.)
|Fireworks! It gets dark here late at night, unlike more northern Alaskan areas.|
|Children inside an inflated ball.|
|Egg toss, catch or splat.|
We made national news with one of our senators, Lisa Murkowski in attendance. Her parents live here, so she was joining family for the holiday. She is an undecided on the GOP health care bill, so she gets attention. I exhibited self-control, and let her enjoy herself without words of advice from me.
|Lisa Murkowski, (in the white t-shirt), attempting the egg toss.|
If we're in town for the 4th of July next year, I may consider creating my own wearable art, or maybe a parade float. Who wants to help me, or join us?
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