Sunday, July 19, 2009

Whiz Bang Days

As I mentioned in my last post, last weekend our town of Robbinsdale celebrated their annual "Whiz Bang Days" celebration. As my friend and neighbor points out, it is a fun way to celebrate our community. The whole weekend felt like I lived in a small town not in a big city like Minneapolis. 

There was a lot going on during Whiz Band Days. You ask, "Why is it called Whiz Bang?" According to the Robbinsdale website;

After his return from WWI, Doughboy Captain Billy Fawcett started a publication in Robbinsdale called "Captain Billy's Whiz Bang," which was the first publication of Fawcett Publications. (Fawcett Publications also produced McCall's and Redbook magazines.) It was a magazine sold to WWI Doughboys to help them keep in touch and let people know about the war. The name "Whiz Bang" came from bombs that were being used during the war. They were land-to-land bombs that flew overhead. When they flew they made a "Whiz" sound and when they landed it went "Bang." 

Over 60 years ago, when Robbinsdale started the community celebration they were searching for a name. Since Fawcett Publications was still in business and they were at war at the same time, it made sense to call it "Whiz Bang Days."

The weekend consisted of a Wine Tasting (which I missed out on), a street dance (again missed out on), a carnival, a parade and fireworks.

The parade was a lot of fun. We went with our neighbors Chris and Kristin and their family. It consisted of funny clowns, fire trucks, and lots of beauty queens.

That evening we walked back up to Crystal Lake (pretty much in our back yard) and settled in for some fireworks. It was a short show, but considering the cost of fireworks and the size of our town I was impressed. 

It was a great weekend. I am already looking forward to next year. 

1 comment:

Kristan said...

I love that clown shot!