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Don't Rain On My Parade!
Wednesday, July 7, 2010 • Posted July 7, 2010

Round Up Weekend! One of the biggest, if not the biggest, weekend in Mason. We might have just as many people in the county on the opening weekend of deer season; but, they're not nearly as concentrated in one spot as during Round Up.

Activities start on Thursday, then run all the way through Sunday. On almost any day, at almost any time, there is going to be something going on to keep you entertained.

This morning, as I was gathering the data for the upcoming week's forecast, I noticed that rain was part of that outlook for almost every day until Sunday. Part of me thought, "Uh oh!" Another part of me responded with, "So what?"

While many of the Round Up activities are sited out of doors, they are the type of activities that still continue in spite of moisture. Cowboys have always had to work in every type of weather, including rain. As long as there isn't a threat from lightning, they will still be able to rope and ride.

One of my fondest memories of a rodeo dance was my senior year of high school at the Jaycee Rodeo (the precursor to today's Round Up). It had been scorchingly hot all day long. At the rodeo, the dust hung in the air and people in the stands did all they could to fan themselves and provide for shade. I had gotten to the affair late after moving irrigation pipe all day; but, I showed up in boots, jeans and good lookin' shirt ready to dance the night away.

Back then, the dance slab had a performer's pavilion with a cover, and I pitied the band that night. With no air moving around, their performance space was crowded and hot; but, they made the best of it. People were hanging in, visiting with friends at the dance, and everyone was trying to stay as cool as possible.

And then the first drops began to fall. Just a few,,, and then a bit heavier. Soon, rain was falling and there was no escaping it. But, people didn't leave. It had been so hot and dry all summer that the crowd actually began to perk up. The band, now protected in their covered performance space, kicked in to a faster song, and the crowd hit the dance floor.

It was a sight. Rain falling down and all those folks twirling about the dance floor, kicking up splashes from the many puddles. Everyone was laughing and smiling as they enjoyed the great music, and the welcome relief from the summer heat.

The rain lasted almost half an hour. Everyone stayed till the end of the dance and continued to celebrate the unexpected relief. It was a great dance!

If the forecast holds, there is a good chance that we may have rain at the end of the week. We are an agricultural community that cannot ignore our need for moisture, so I'm not about to say that I hope it doesn't rain. I do hope that it doesn't rain too much; and, I hope that we can make it through most of the events without getting too wet.

But, if it does rain, pull out an umbrella. If the cowboys and cowgirls can still compete without placing themselves in danger, the audience can surely put up with a little wetness from rain. If the vendors at the Arts & Crafts fair can keep dry under their awnings, the crowd shouldn't have a problem moving from booth to booth.

And the parade?

Most viewers will already have umbrellas that they were going to use to keep the sun away, so just keep them handy and pop them open if the rain starts. The folks on the floats can look just as sharp with umbrellas as without, so that won't be a problem.

Don't rain on my parade,,,, but, if you do, I'm still going.

It’s all just my opinion.

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