Redwood Field Days Rundown

Better Farm's field days parade float. From left: Kareema Bee, Kristy Snelson, Katie Mollica, Aaron Youngs, Natalie Wood, Holly Boname, and Nicole Caldwell.
Carnival rides, a parade, fried dough, live music, a barbecue, auction, carny games, and a whole lot of hustle and bustle later, the 55th Annual Redwood Firemen's Field Days have drawn to a close yet again and calm has been restored in this tiny hamlet.

But oh, what a weekend.

The opening night of Redwood Field Days features an auction, where people can find treasures for next-to-nothing... like this armoire for $5:

 ... or blade and horseshoe for a buck:

The rest of the weekend showcased great North Country bands, a virtual who's who of local communities, great food and entertainment, rides and games for kids of all ages, and of course, the Field Days parade.

Better Farm took third place in the parade a few years ago, and secured second place last year. We were determined to take the gold home in 2013, so we employed some special helpers to get our float in tip-top condition.

At last Saturday's Health and Wellness Expo, which debuted the artwork and performances of children enrolled in Fort Drum's Exceptional Family Member Program, we asked the kids visiting Better Farm to help us make some props for the parade. And help us they did, creating huge 3-D butterflies that would fly high above the crowds:

...We affixed those butterflies to posts, created some huge flowers out of cardboard, utilized some sails from a boat to make walls, and put streamers all over the place:

Then it was time for glitter costumes...

We headed into downtown Redwood around 6:30 to take our places in line.

Once there, we put the finishing touches on our costumes and got ready to toss bags of freshly packed organic lettuce out to the crowd.

We thought we had it! We really did. But, we took second. Again:

Ah well, back to the drawing board. Maybe an American Flag-themed float? Cute babies dressed as carrots? 360 days left to plan...

Many thanks to the Redwood Volunteer Fire Department for putting on another great Field Days for the community.

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.