Thursday the 9th of July - Theme: 50th Anniversary
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The day started of wet, with lots of rain. After a few weeks of gorgeous weather of course this first Thursday Meppel Day had to start this way...
Unfortunately the weather was the cause of the parachuting team which was to officially open the festival not being able to take off. This was something myself and Reagan were really looking forward to so that was a bit disappointing. Luckily we did catch the waterskiers who did a fun show in the narrow waterways through the city centre, ending at the Stoombootkade. Because of the lack of space the water went everywhere which caused a lot of people to get wet feet, quite funny to watch! We ran into our neighbours who we decided to have a drink with at Taveerne De Molen, and then we continued on for ice cream at Huberts.
We ran into a clown making balloon animals and both girls got a dog. They came apart a few times from them fiddling with them so they kept going back to the clown to fix them. We walked around for a little bit trying to decide what to do when the friend I had arranged to meet with called me to let me know he had arrived with another friend and their kids. So off we went in a little group and we walked around town a bit and caught another waterski show. We watched some bands and walked around some market stalls, and decided to stop for lunch at Herberg 't Plein. After that we walked around some more but as one of the boys was not feeling well they decided to go home.
The girls and I walked back to the Kerkplein, where we had arranged to meet with another friend and her kids. First we ran into an elephant which was basically two guys on stilts with an elephant suit. There was a large pig lying on the square and we were all wondering what this was. It was not a real pig, but something made out of cloth and other stuff, and apparently it was sleeping... The kids lined up to see what it was and they all had pig's tails pinned on their pants. Then they were put in front of the pig's nipples and then the nipples were taken off! Very strange... Behind the nipples holes appeared through which the kids could poke their head, and there was a whole show to be seen inside the pigs belly! They had a great time, I still have no idea exactly what they saw.
From there we walked to the Meppeler Toren, which we wanted to climb. This has become a tradition, we do it every year. Luckily the weather had improved considerably so we could see quite far from the top. To get to the top you have to walk up 147 steps and the stairs are very narrow. This makes it quite difficult passing people going in the opposite direction! Once you get to the top it is just as hard passing people to walk around the tower, but it is all worth it for the view. While we were up there the Stiletto Run was held, women doing a running race in high heels. From where we were we couldn't see much of it. When we got back down the girls got a certificate saying they had climbed the tower, always a good souvenir.
We also saw a couple of guys walking past playing some music with some geese in tow and later on we saw the Silent Big Band.
After this we watched one of the circus performances and my friend and I sat down for a coffee at De Nachtwacht, a wonderful restaurant which I will write a review about at another stage. From here we walked back home, not forgetting to pass by another ice cream salon and stopping for ice cream again...