Warning: there will be some personal, non-car-related information snuck into certain portions of this article. Reader discretion is advised.
For the last couple of years, our family has participated in most of the parades in town, a tradition we continued Saturday. The reason is that our son, the legendary BHo, earned his place among the entries by winning the Little Mr. Parkville pageant.
He actually won it three years ago, then we took a year off. He wasn't happy that he didn't get to be in the parades the next year, so we re-entered the competition as per his request, and his big eyelashes allowed him to retake the throne and catch a ride in a really nice Cavalier Convertible with Little Miss. Parkville and Miss. Kansas Teen. Lucky little bugger ...
The Ararat Shriners had the best group of cars in the bunch, with a few Corvettes (including a nice '61), a couple of hot rods, and an original-looking '68 Malibu. They also had some tiny Model T's and a group of Fez-wearing Segway operators. The Shriners are the leaders in oddball miniature personal transportation devices.
I was supposed to ride with BHo in the Cavalier and make sure the kids didn't fall off the top boot onto the road, but that Miss. Teen took that spot instead, so I rode in front seat of a nice brown '73 Eldorado convertible with big whitewalls accompanied by Maxine McKeon (the lady who has coordinated the pageant for a cool 35-years) and the incumbent Mr. (sans the "Little") Parkville.
As a side note, this wasn't the only '73 Eldo in the parade. There was also a nice red one.
After the parade, I ran over to Riverside to check out the Midwest Camaro Fest show, then it was back to Parkville where BHo entered the 2010 contest not to be Little Mr. Parkville, but up in age class to regular Mr. Parkville. And even though this has nothing to do with cars, I'm happy to report that he was again crowned the winner, proving that if you marry the right woman, you don't have to look like Tom Cruise to spawn a handsome kid.
Seriously, we're proud of BHo, and honored that he was chosen to represent his hometown for another year. Way to go, kid!
Oh, and here are some car pictures--can't forget the car pictures.