Redwood Field Days

The Redwood Volunteer Fire Department this weekend hosted the latest installment of Redwood Field Days, an annual, all-out carnival/beer bash complete with rides, games, concession stands, a junk auction, parade, raffle, and several live bands.

The debauchery kicked off Thursday, Aug. 20, with a junk auction. Here's the scene:

We came away with a stinky, faux bear rug that the doggies truly love (to chew).

That evening was filled with a general sense of merriment and excitement as locals and tourists descended on the fairgrounds.

Redwood has probably never been so packed:

The Better Farm contingency was obviously in full force all three nights:

This participatory gesture on our parts culminated in a "grand finale" when Staciemae and I weaseled our way into the parade Saturday evening. Yes, seriously.

We marched "on behalf of Better Farm for peace, love, and happiness." Awww.

Didn't matter what we told the lady with the clipboard, however: When we passed the judge's booth where they announced each participant, the head judge simply cried out, "You two are lovely, but I have no idea who you are!" So it goes.

Next year we'll come out with a real presence for the 40th anniversary of Better Farm—expect to see the bus in working order, dozens of old communards hanging out of it, beads, candy, and Super Soakers. Let the planning begin—we only have 362 days before the next Field Days starts.


Nicole Caldwell

Nicole Caldwell is a self-taught environmentalist, green-living savant and sustainability educator with more than a decade of professional writing experience. She is also the co-founder of Better Farm and president of betterArts. Nicole’s work has been featured in Mother Earth News, Reader’s Digest, Time Out New York, and many other publications. Her first book, Better: The Everyday Art of Sustainable Living, is due out this July through New Society Publishers.