Because St. John's is located on Abilene's main thoroughfare, our grounds are a prime location for watching Dickinson County's annual Central Kansas Free Fair parade. Experienced parade goers stake out their spots early in the day with an assortment of lawn chairs and picnic blankets along Buckeye Avenue in front of the church.
Kids comprise the majority of the parade watchers. They are wise to the fact that many parade participants throw handfuls of candy and other treats into the crowd. The parade is a Norman Rockwell mixture of American flags, slicked-up horses, pretty girls, school bands, tractors new and antique, fancy pickup trucks, homemade 4-H floats, and local business efforts, a not-to-be-missed occasion in a small town.
As the parade falls in mid-summer, it is either hot and humid or hot and humid mixed with rain. This year it was just the former. To make our temporary guests more comfortable St. John's serves free iced tea and lemonade during the parade. We also provide access to our restrooms. It's a good way to get to know our neighbors and meet fair visitors from out-of-town. Maybe we'll see you here next year?