A post from Kelli–
As I’ve said before, I live in the middle of nowhere. Technically I’m closer to Castalia, but my address is Ossian. It takes about 10 minutes to get to either, but I claim Castalia. Castalia is the town we lived closer to before we moved to the farm and it’s the town that Jason claimed growing up. It’s the town where my church is, where Grandma Lois lives and it’s where one of my favorite dive bars is. It may not be the town for everyone, but I sure love it!
Every summer, Castalia hosts Castalia Tractor Days. Up until recently, it really was just one day, but it sounded odd being called Castalia Tractor Day. I think that I especially hold it dear because it was one of the first times I went with Jason somewhere and met his extended family. The main attraction of the event is the Tractor Days parade. For the parade, area farmers and tractor collectors get their best stuff shined up and drive through town, throwing candy and handing out treats–And my favorite–string cheese!
Jason’s grandpa passed away a few years ago, but when Jason was little, he has said that his Grandpa would start working a few days before the parade to try and get “things” ready for the grandkids to drive–whether it be a motorcycle, a tractor, or some kind of find that he came upon.
Here is Jason’s cousin Kayden driving one of Grandpa Ray’s finds–
I brought Puppycat with this year too. It was a pretty hot day, so I brought her some water too. For it being her first year, she did pretty good and only got loose once.
My favorite part though is the pride that the community takes in their farming heritage.
They end up having all kids of entries in the parade!
Here are two brother’s promoting their family trucking business.
If you look really close, you’ll see a little dog riding with this driver. Isn’t that cute?!?! After the parade, we usually head to Grandma Lois’s and have a little lunch. If Jason is able to make it (he wasn’t this year) we usually end up going down to get milk shakes. It’s a perfect way to top of a wonderful little day, celebrating one of my favorite little towns!