Springfield Days Festival

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In the previous journal entry, I wrote of a musical play that takes a humorous look at an idealized American community of years ago. But, humor is grounded in reality. Across the USA communites large and small enjoy celebrating their history and contemporary spirit in festivals with names like Pioneer Days or Heritage Days. This weekend our community celebrated its Springfield Days festival. There were parades, maching bands, exhbits, events for children, and more. Let's have a look.

Our day started at 9:00 a.m. when Susan and I brought our daugther to the parade assembly area. She's a member of the song & dance team at her dance studio and they were to perform a routine from High School Musical while marching in the Springfield Days parade.

A bit of Springfield history
There was much activity in the residential neighborhod of quiet homes and church parking lots as parade units checked in and assembled under the trees along a large grassy strip. The temperature was heading towards 86F (30C) and the first hint of summer humidity was in the air. Pipers practiced. Cub Scouts readied their flags. American Legion (veterans) members wore their caps and insignia.  A school bus arrived bringing the West Springfield High School band. The Washington Metro Transit Authority brought its Pride of Metro classic 1950s transit bus. Political dignitaries drove through. The song & dance team rehearsed "We're All in this Together". A song & dance mom arrived with her silver Corvette to lead the group in the parade.
Pipers Rehearse
The team's musical accompaniment would be played over the car's stereo system. Neighbors walked up and down the lineup to see the parade units making preparations.

The parade began at 10:15 a.m. From the residential neighbood, the parade passed the Richard Byrd Library, marched up Commerce Street, and ended at the Springfield Plaza shopping center where the main festival events were to be held.

At Springfield Plaza, various community, vendor, informational, and business exhbits were set up in an outdoor fair. The Taste of Springfield offered samples from area restaurants. A performance stage was ready to showcase local bands and performing groups of all ages. 

We had left before two back-to-back severe thunderstorms came up around 2:00 p.

Cub Scout Color Guard
m. I hope they did not put a complete end to the festivities! Springfield Days is an opportunity for this diverse and often transient population to form a community identity. (Springfield is home to many military and other families that are frequently on the move to new assignments.)  

The area of present-day Springfield, Virignia, was a rural crossroads until World War II. In the early 19th Century, the focus of the local farming community was Keene's Mill. (I'll be writing a future journal entry about Keene's Mill.) In 1851, the railway came to the area. The name "Springfield" was given to the station stop and post office established where the tracks crossed Backlick Road. As time went on, the surrounding region adopted the name. Following World War II, the Shirley Highway expressway (now I-395/I-95) reached the Springfield area and made it possible to easily commute to Washington, DC, by car or bus. Developers responded by building new housing subdivisions (Susan grew up in one of them) to attract federal workers and military personel assigned to Washington. Since then, Springfield has grown in population to about 100,000 today and has the character of many suburban communities.

rotorhead85 says:
Small town parades are always great - patriotic. Nice discription!
Posted on: Jun 17, 2008
hummingbird50 says:
Oooooo I love your stories:):)
Posted on: Jun 02, 2008
mga_galang_paa says:
I've always been more attracted to smaller festivities like this...
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Where's Homer, ha ha?
Posted on: Jun 02, 2008
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Welcome to Springfield, Virginia!
Welcome to Springfield, Virginia!
A bit of Springfield history
A bit of Springfield history
Pipers Rehearse
Pipers Rehearse
Cub Scout Color Guard
Cub Scout Color Guard
West Springfield HS Marching Spart…
West Springfield HS Marching Spar…
The band marches past
The band marches past
Springfields state representative
Springfield's state representative
Multicultural Dragon
Multicultural Dragon
Unit from Fort Belvoir
Unit from Fort Belvoir
Miss Springfield banner
Miss Springfield banner
Miss Springfield
Miss Springfield
Cardinal Cloggers
Cardinal Cloggers
Classic Cars
Classic Cars
Paws on Parade pet show
Paws on Parade pet show
Pipers Piping
Pipers Piping
Circus Club
Circus Club
Unicyclists
Unicyclists
Regimental Drums and Fifes of Nort…
Regimental Drums and Fifes of Nor…
The Song and Dance Team Struts it …
The Song and Dance Team Struts it…
Were All in this Together number
"We're All in this Together" number
Performance Stage
Performance Stage
Performance Stage
Performance Stage
Promoting Springfield Days
Promoting Springfield Days
Springfield
photo by: Zagnut66