Sunday, June 6, 2010

Money For Nothing

We finally made it to the Annual Cherry Festival in Beaumont. Ca that I have been talking about wanting to go see, we missed it last year and I am glad we made it this year. Since about 1919 this festival has been going on in Beaumont to honor the Cherry growers of the area, the festival includes everything from a parade to food vendors, carnival rides to good music, idiots to security, and best of all family and friends getting together for a really good time.

The festival started on the third and lasts until Sunday, we finally made our way over there last night, finding a parking space was a challenge but we lucked out and only had to walk about a block to the entrance, actually caught someone leaving just in time to keep their parking space from getting lonely. They say about 40,000 people were expected and by the time we got ready to leave I think they were all there.

We walked the whole park going through nearly all the vendors booths, I did my best to keep Cindy from checking out all the food vendors but why do you go somewhere like this without hitting some of the food vendors. The Cherry Lemonade was awesome I can’t say I have ever tasted it before but it was very good.

One of the items for sale I have not seen before the lady called a Vent Stress Ball, it was in the shape of a large mouse or small rat, she slammed it as hard as she could on to the table and it made a loud splat sound and almost flattened out completely into a large mess that completely took us by surprise, next thing you know it was forming back into it’s original shape so you could splat it again, we went through the games and paid five dollars for three frogs that you were to attempt to land in a bowl in the middle of the little pond, the trick was the frog is on a platform and you have to hit a rubber piece below it with a hammer to launch it into the pond, Cindy’s last frog landed right in the middle of the bowl then all of a sudden jumped right out and into the water, the argument was made that the frog was in the bowl but the lady in charge of the game said “I see no frog in the bowl” anyways Cindy ended up with a small stuffed dolphin that will go into the bag of stuff for Benjamin once he gets here.

We made our way toward the stage area to listen to whichever band was playing as the sound from where we were sounded pretty good, the closer we got I started recognizing the sound, I told Cindy “That sounds just like Eddie Money” and once we got closer there was no place to stand much less get close enough to see, we walked up on the grass next to the stage so we could watch the band through the amplifiers, it was pretty neat to actually get that close to Eddie Money because he put on one heck of a show and the cost was free, there were no Dire Straits but this Money For Nothing was something I would have paid for, the man standing next to us stated “If this wasn’t a free concert we would be in one hundred dollar seats right now, it was excellent.
Eddie Money Free Concert
Eddie Money Free Concert
(the view was clearer than the pictures show)

Now for the idiot part, on our way out we could hear behind us “Coming Through, Coming Through) we looked back to see two police officers with a very large Hispanic man in handcuffs he was yelling obscenities at the top of his lungs and was being followed by what appeared to be his whole family, I am not sure what he had done but it was just enough to get him thrown out rather than arrested, as we made it to the gate the officers were coming back across the street when they all of a sudden stopped in the middle and yes you guessed it about half a block behind them here he comes back with family in tow still yelling at the officers, I’ll @*%# you up, I ain’t nobody’s B%*$#, and you are only doing this because I’m Mexican!! this guy was so tough and intimidating that when the officer said absolutely nothing but pointed down the street this guy turned and went that direction still yelling but leaving like he was told, I felt sorry for his kids who had to witness him act like an idiot.

That was this years Cherry Festival from our viewpoint and had I checked the batteries in my camera beforehand I would have had more pictures for you but there is always next year.


  1. LOL, that reminds me of the King of Queens episode where Doug and Deacon won money and they weren't supposed to have it, so they were wasting it, but they still had some leftover... so they hired Eddie Money to come to their house and put on a concert. It was hilarious.

  2. Must be cooler there. I can't make it outdoors in our heat and humidity.

  3. Hey Kristy,

    Yes I remember that one now I got such a laugh at it because it was so funny.

  4. It is sure Hot today Ms A,

    Have kept myself inside re cooperating from all the walking yesterday Ha Ha

  5. I am so glad you got to goto the Cherry festival. And seeing Eddie Money for free is awesome. I think I am right on this..but I think Eddie Money used to be a police officer before he became a rocker. I am sorry you had to witness the belligerent Mexican man...maybe he had too many cherries and it went to his head!!

  6. Sounds fun. Eddie Money is from around here and did a concert last summer. It was fun!

  7. Hey Susie,

    We had a really good time, not sure about him being a police officer but he can still rock, it was a good show.

    Maybe that guy needed some of that fine cherry lemonade, that may have done the trick :)

  8. Yes Betty,

    It was a lot of fun, I'm hoping we can get more concerts like this because we sure enjoy them.

    We saw Wilson Phillips play last summer that was a blast too, a lot of families were there for that one.

  9. Sooooooo glad you and Cindy got to go to the Cherry Festival!

    And that is WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY cool that you got to see Eddie Money!!!! You know me (Mr. Ron Star Crazed Man), I would have been asking him for is autograph after the show - HA!

    Gosh, the Mexican man sounded horrible. But, Susie's right, maybe he DID have too many cherrys and it went to his head. I bet he was hungover today - HA!

    Thanks for sharing you day, Jimmy!

  10. I just google it and he was a police officer in the 60's...just like his dad. Just thought you would like to knw...and I wanted to know too!

  11. Hey Ron,

    "I would have been asking him for is autograph after the show"

    I thought about it but was pretty content just getting to see the show.

    It was very good and we will be there next year :)

  12. Susie,

    That is so neat to know, after you informed me I looked it up also, pretty impressive biography.

  13. It's so cool how you go to these different events.
    By the way, hows the chicken business coming along?

  14. Hey Joe,

    Looking for some free concerts coming our way again this summer, hopefully will come together.

    Still only one chicken so far Ha Ha, did some more work on the pen today, looking more official now.

  15. Jimmy - I almost went this year!

  16. Hey Pat,

    It was actually a good time, I need to check into the summer concert series and see who is going to be there this year.

    Wish you could have made it would have been cool to run into you.

  17. It's so cool that you finally got to go and got to see Eddie Money for free!

    I love that Cindy still managed to get a stuffed animal, that grandbaby isn't even here yet and she already has toys! LOVE IT!

    I never can understand why parents would want their kids to witness them displaying that kind of behavior! You just know those kids will either be scarred by it or become like it.

  18. Yes Heather Benjamin already has plenty of toys and clothes right here in our house, I joke we are going to have to get a Semi to haul the stuff back to them.

    You are right about kids when they see their parents act this way either become like them or it scares them to death, either way the parents should know better.


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