Well, now that my trip to Italy is only about a month away, time is beginning to drag a little. But Huntington has been staying busy and I've been taking a few pictures here and there of events, new business, and such and will share those just to keep my blogging abilities honed and ready. :)
It's probably been about three weeks ago now that Huntington had its annual Hot Dog Festival (don't you wish you lived here?!) It's all about hot dogs with various popular vendors including Sam's Hot Dogs, Hillbilly Hotdogs, Stewart's Hotdogs and some I've never heard of but they have hotdogs. They also have antique cars on view and several contests including a wiener dog race which is really something to see and another one that I think is a dog looks like owner contest. Or maybe owner looks like dog? Which way is that supposed to work? Anyway, people come from all around. In fact this year's wiener dog race winner was a returning champion who has won the last three years and he's from Virginia!! And, of course, there are various musical groups that play throughout the day, other treats to eat (funnel cakes being a big favorite - unfortunately they don't sit well with me anymore), fresh lemonade, and other goodies. I was kind of late getting down to Pullman Square so missed the race, but enjoyed my hotdog. I must have timed it right cause this year I got to get mine from Hillbilly Hotdogs without waiting in a loooonnnng line. There's always a good large turnout (which my photos don't properly show - I couldn't find a good vantage point) and everyone seems to have a great time.
The next three were taken from the second level of Pullman Square - there are two restaurants up there, both with an area to eat outside, so that was the best spot I could find.
And, then as long as I was up there, I took a picture which shows the top of my building which is one block up from Pullman Square:
Next on the agenda was this past weekend when Huntington hosted the annual Rib and Music Festival. The name pretty much explains this one and it is a pretty big deal. Bar-b-q-ers come from all around the country to compete for best ribs. I didn't go this year cause it was SO hot, so crowded, and plus which, the admission fee is now up to $8.00, then you get in there and have to try and decide which ribs to try and by the time you're done paying for some ribs, a drink, maybe cornbread or potato salad, you've managed to rack up a fairly expensive, nowhere-to-eat-it, my-gosh-it's-hot, meal. But fortunately for the event, that didn't deter too many people! Since I wasn't going in, I had to get these three pictures from outside the flood wall...
While I was out that evening to get these pictures I also took the following pictures of two new businesses:
Well, once again, I amaze myself with my own verbosity! I've a little bit more "out and about" to share, but I also did some cooking last night that's inspired me to add a couple of recipes to my collection, so I'm going to end this post, get to work on that, and will back in touch in a couple of days.
- Mary Lynne
- West Virginia
- When I started my retirement travels - the first of which was my solo overseas trip to Italy in 2009 - I wanted a way to share it with family and friends as it happened. Hence, "My Travel Journal". However I realized I wouldn't always be on a trip and wondered what to do with the blog in between times. My daughter pointed out, wisely, that travels can also include trips to the kitchen to try a new recipe, trips to visit family, trips to my neighborhood Starbucks, or a fun day trip with a friend. You're welcome to join me on any of these journeys!
P.S. I've set up separate pages for each of my major trips (see tabs above).
I recently added an "Italian Word a Day" thingie which shows up at the bottom of every page. You see the word and can click to hear it pronounced. I've been enjoying it and I think my accent is improving as time goes by.