The parade began with the 4H Club bringing the flag into town at the head of the parade. I aways enjoy small town parades. It's as much fun to watch the local people enjoying the parade as it is watching the people in the parade. This is a rural town so it's appropriate to have tractors and trucks pulling the exhibits. The Yreka High School Band was the only band in the parade. Note the Opera House in the background of the parade. This is the building that Dick and Doris once owned and remodeled before selling.
In the photo to the left, you can see Montague in the distance from the ranch driveway. The balloons are launched from a field near Montague. This year, one of the balloons landed on Dick and Doris ranch property.
I am often asked what happens at a typical Escapees Rally. I'd say, it depends on the location of the rally, and the number of participants. Here is a link to the happenings at the Montague Balloon Fair Rally.