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Tractors and trout; Who could ask for anything more?


June 12, 2013

It is my humble opinion that if Norman Rockwell were alive today, he’d be living in the Upper Delaware River Valley. Rockwell, who was a 20th century American painter and illustrator, enjoyed a broad popular appeal in the United States for his reflection of American culture, and is most famous for his cover illustrations of everyday life scenarios he created for The Saturday Evening Post magazine for more than four decades. I can neither draw nor paint, but can often be seen around the region with my camera in hand, striving to capture images of country life, and this past weekend provided many opportunities to do just that.

Some of my city slicker friends still mock, but my enthusiasm for the parades that march down Main Street USA cannot be dampened (rain or shine) and the cavalcades continue to enthrall. My first stop this weekend was at the 10th annual Livingston Manor, NY Trout Parade, which stepped out in grand style. The website (www.troutparade.com) promised “a very fishy event, with wacky marching bands, funny floats, processional puppets, musical performances and a whole lot of fun.” Just when I thought I had seen it all, the trout parade exploded this year with more floats, more fish and more folks than any previous year. The River Reporter was on hand to help the crowd reflect on the event and Dharma did her doggone best to entertain the kids as I snapped pics of them posing for the “front page” of the paper. To see those shots, and pics of the wildly entertaining parade, visit our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/theriverreporter) to share and tag your friends.