THE TALK ON THE GROUNDS: Friday night’s huge crowd, primarily to see the band Bella Cain, a major draw.
WRIST BAND DAY, NOON-4:00: Thus the rides were crowded despite the sweltering conditions. Kyla and a friend from her previous school were on the rides all afternoon.
WRIST BAND BARGAIN IS NOW OVER: So that means…GULP…$4/ride.
MOST INTERESTING LOOKING RIDE: Forget the name but it looked like hang gliding. You lay face down, then a bar-like gizmo is lowered towards your back. You take off and you eventually are high up flying like a bird or Superman.
OLD FAVORITES: The Pharoah ride that looks like a large boat that goes backwards into the air and then forward, back and forth. Did I explain that right?
THE TILT-A-WHIRL: Packs a wallop.
FERRIS WHEEL: Gotta have it. Gotta ride it.
FRANKLIN NOON LIONS: Selling Sendik’s pre-cooked brats and hot dogs. CORN ON THE COB: There’s an option to buy the kernels already off the cob and in a cup. Perfect for kids like our Kyla who still has some braces on.
GREAT BURGERS: At Uncle Fred’s. The man in charge told us his father is retired. Taught for 35 years at Franklin High School. Said his dad wouldn’t recognize the place today.
MOST INTERESTING SOUNDING FOOD I DIDN’T TRY: Garlic Parmesan Shrimp.
DO YOU LIKE CORN DOGS? They’re whoppers.
DID I SEE A CULINARY NO-NO? You bet. Guy put ketchup on his onion rings. Isn’t there a Franklin ordinance against that? Should be.
COCONUT PORTER FROM CITY LIGHTS BREWING OF MILWAUKEE: Someone asked if I could, indeed, taste coconut. I could.
WINE COOLERS: None being sold. White Claw? That’s a different story. I know. Wine coolers are so yesterday.
SAY IT AIN’T SO, LANCE! Kyla had her picture taken with TMJ 4’s Lance Allan who’s been a fixture in Franklin’s Independence Day Parade.
But Lance may not be there this year since he could be called away on assignment.
SPONSORS: Appreciate them all, but one certainly stood out. Strauss. Love it. And thanks. Next year how about a food booth?
MAYOR STEVE OLSON: We had a nice chat. Always do. But he just had to get in a parting shot. Even though he was grinning from ear to ear he made a few comments that, well, I can’t repeat or write here. He must not be up for re-election for a bit.
DOGS: Saw two.
MASKS: About a handful.
UNECESSARY COVID-WARNING SIGNS: Yeh, they were there.
TEENAGE GIRLS: Plenty.
TEENAGE BOYS: Not as many as the girls. Missed opportunities, big time.
SHE INTRODUCED HERSELF TO ME: Civic Celebration official Ann Adamski. Now I’ve given her a rough time on occasion about the plodding parade, but she was all peaches and cream to me. Ann, don’t let me down tomorrow!
SERIOUSLY: Former Franklin alderman Pete Kosovich who is in charge of recruiting volunteers says they’re desperate for the 4th, a concern echoed by the mayor. They need people to sell tickets for beer, wine, soda, and water, and bartenders. Sign up by calling Pete at 414-761-7664 or email Pete at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The celebration continues until 11:00 tonight, and from 10 am until 11 pm on July 4