But one question that needs to be asked: If downtown can support a dozen Thai chicken grill sellers in one weekend (at least that's how many it felt like), can't we also have just one Thai street vendor year-round somewhere?
Here are some of one person's memorable things from this year's 29th annual Decatur Celebration.
BEST PERFORMANCE ART --
While the other entrants were bedecked in white Heinkel's T-shirts, Wolfe was wearing a dress, and had on her crown and sash. She was accompanied by Junior
As the contest began and competitors were attempting to devour as many as three dogs at a time, Wolfe pulled out a knife and fork and began daintily eating nibbles of hot dog. Dalke fanned her. Taking one of the huge Styrofoam glasses filled with water, Moore emptied a small amount into a wine glass and sipped. At one point, Wolfe pulled out a compact and began applying makeup.
PROJECT: HASHTAG -- After all the years of Twitter and hashtags, we can't seem to settle on a social media hashtag for the event.
We at the Herald & Review tried #dceleb for years, but it never caught on. #DC00 (with the '00' representing the year) seemed to be a winner last year. But this year, #dc14 was anemic. #DC2014 was also used by a couple of people this year.
#DC00 is also favored by a religious camp that takes place the first weekend in August. And #DC2014 was also being used by the Dadakan Cup, a futsal competition in
We're industrious folks. We should be able to solve this. Maybe next year.
LET'S VOTE -- My favorite moment of the weekend? Sunday morning, a family/group of about a dozen people of assorted ages gathered outside the
"Who votes food first, then rides?" was asked, and some hands shot up. "Rides first, then food?" More hands.
This is a democracy. Unless mom or dad held dictatorlike veto power.
LET THEM ROAM -- One of the things that always made Decatur Celebration special for me before it went away was the roaming characters.
Some were fantastic. More than a decade later,
Costs gradually eliminated the lookalikes. Or, as veteran Celebration observers might put it, the event went from having the actual
But characters show up for the red carpet portion of the 21 Film Fest. Commercial characters sometimes make the parade, or wander briefly. And this year, Theatre 7 and
A return of characters would be welcome, and potentially bring some of that truly bizarre feel the event has been known to have.
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