That is how we think of Gatlinburg,TN. That is how we think of the portion of road that starts in Pigeon Forge and
Corn dogs and cheeze fries, funnel cake, and explosions, oh my!
For all that I can be a bit down on Dayton every now and then, they do patriotism right on the 4th. Which means a big street fair and fireworks show on or near the 4th. The downtown show was on the 3rd this year, so we headed out with plenty of time to wander around the packed and cordoned-off streets, and stand in long lines for delicious and terribly bad for us food. The cheeze fries were a bit of a disappointment, but the corn dogs and funnel cake were delicious. My biggest complaint was how the organizers of the fair handled making sure people had something to drink. The food vendors couldn’t sell beverages. If you wanted something to drink, even if all you wanted was some bottled water, you had to go stand in line at one booth to buy drink coupons, and then you had to go and stand in another line at another booth to exchange the coupons for bottled water, or soda, or lemonade, or whatever. Argh. So, so, stupid… (Actually, the phrase that I used at the time was “this is so retarded”.)
Getting food and drink was about all that we could stand of the massive, seething, mass of humanity that had all piled downtown, so we headed over the bridge to secure a good viewing spot on the hill opposite the point where the fireworks are launched.
It was a good show as always.
All of the rest of the fireworks photos can be found on flickr.
We parked a little further out then we usually do, so we were able to get out and home much more quickly then ever before. Not to self to remember for next year – a little extra walking to and from the car park equals a lot less time spent idling in neutral and waiting for someone to take pity and let you pull out of the lot and into the road.
On the 4th itself, oddly enough, we didn’t find a fireworks show anywhere close by, but then, we also didn’t look particularly hard either. We played with sparklers and shot off bottle rockets in the backyard, and watched our neighbor’s mini-display from the back deck.
There will be more fireworks tonight in Centerville, at the high school.