“I highly recommend taking in a fair or festival this time of year.  It’s a great way to support our communities and have fun experiencing local flavor.”                                                    Erika Rueland

Clark Potato Days

August 2nd, 3rd & 4th was Clark Potato Days.  Unfortunately by the time we got there on Saturday the mashed potato wrestling was over.  But the drumline was playing on the baseball field and the food trucks and vendor booths were open and there were a couple of friendly dogs that had to say “Hi”. The car show a block away was in full force.  Some of the cars were really snazzy!  They had a DJ playing and that helped with the festival atmosphere.  

Later that evening we went to Zesto in Watertown and saw a couple of 40’s era tractors in the parking lot.  We got our ice cream and found the owners sitting outside.

Three men from Sioux Falls had driven up to be in the tractor parade.  They said they were going to stay the night in Watertown and head back to Sioux Falls in the morning.

They said their tractors were dirty because they took back roads and due to all the recent rain we’ve had, they were muddy!

One of the men had suped up his tractor and bragged he got it up to 45 mph before he got nervous and had to slow down because the front end was bobbing off the ground.  The tires were originally only made to go 25 mph maximum.  

The tractors usually average around 12-14 miles per hour so he slowed down to be with his traveling companions.

The most amazing part he reported was that by the time he gets home he will have gone 1,000 miles on that tractor this summer.  Wow!



My husband is a country boy at heart as much as I am a prairie girl.  We live in town but almost every weekend we spend some time exploring the countryside and I would encourage you to do the same.  Get out and explore!  You never know what you might see. 

This weekend we saw more animals than usual.  There were a lot of deer (one with a collar – first time we’ve seen that!), cows, horses, ducklings, partridge, pheasants, pelicans, cats, turkeys, gophers, a couple of toads, some meadowlarks, three snakes, a hawk, a jackrabbit (not in the same area thankfully) and a small skunk.  

I asked if it was a baby because it looked pretty small but my husband said it was juvenile.  My daughter joked and said “Do you know what you call a juvenile skunk?  A little stinker!”  LOL! 


It was so still last night that the reflection of the trees in the water was really pretty.  The wake created by the ducklings was neat too!


Here is a beautiful view of the countryside.  The photo was taken just before sunset and that always make the lighting ethereal. 

Dirt Road

Here is a view looking down the dirt road toward the impending sunset.  The  sky turned dark pink and dusky blue after the sun fully set.