The first night of "That Famous Preston Night Rodeo." Preston Idaho.
We had a blast as a family.
We love the rodeo, the people, the fearless cowboys, the brave clowns and the incredible animals.
We went back behind the ring before the rodeo and saw the animals. They are magnificent. So beautiful and so well cared for.
We saw the horses leave tonight afterword in air conditioned trailers that honestly were nicer than some RVs I have seen.
I love the fact that everything is authentic and decent. The people are real and kind. This is a town that has its problems but somehow everyone gets through it.
As my kids were waiting in line for a ride or two, a guy came up and asked how my internet was. He has been working on it and was worried that it was way too slow. He said he was really concerned.
What?! Really? Yes. Someone that deeply cares about not only his job but his customers.
I stood for a few minutes and watched the sheriffs deputies greet the faces arriving to the event. Calling them by name as they are all neighbors.
It is a town of 5,000 and the next town over is 400.
If you are anywhere around Preston Idaho this weekend. Get tickets. See the parade that runs through this great small town. Both Friday and Saturday at 6:30.
Meet the people. Eat at Mis Amores or the New York deli (nothing like a real NYC deli thank God) or better yet grab a fresh strawberry shake at Big J's, the nicest fast food place in the country. Really.
I love the people of this town and how they live. Tonight I helped change the sprinkler heads on the farm after dinner and then ran out to the rodeo to watch from the back row. Not sure which was better, the rodeo, the perfect weather under the full moon, or just living even if it is for a few short days every once and awhile in a place that just makes sense.
It was a great family night in a town that makes me hopeful that we as a people survive.