Sunday, August 31, 2008
LABOR DAY IN AUBURN
In my small hometown, there is a history of cars. The cars that were made here many years ago were the big ones! The Auburns, the Cords and the Duesenbergs. Over the Labor Day weekend these ACD days live again. That is what we have been dealing with this weekend. On Saturday there is a huge parade of all the cars coming back to make the town feel like it did when these cars were a part of the town's life. Each year we take our truck to the parade route early in the morning and make the three mile hike back home. When it is an hour before the parade, we grab lunch and sit in the back of the truck and wait for the cars. I don't know how many there are, but it takes about two hours for them to travel by us. They go at a great pace...not slow so you can wave at the drivers. If they go too slow, they will overheat and then you have a back up of cars just waiting for their engines to cool down enough to start up again.The streets of the parade route are filled with tents in yards, people on lawn chairs and kids chanting: Honk Your Horn! Honk Your Horn! The Auburn Band takes to the streets. This is not the DeKalb High School band, this is the band that is made up of citizens of Auburn who love to play for the fun of it. They go up and down the parade route and play old time songs to be sure we really feel like we are back in the era of the classic cars!