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Even with a little rain and without Skyfest at the county fair it's still a good weekend. Anytime there's more fun things to do than time to do them it's a good thing.
Friday was a wonderful night to be out for Freeman Friday Night Live downtown. The foot traffic was as good as the music. It's always nice to see Downtown alive. Chad James was sounding especially fine outside Steaming Cup as was the 12 year old guitar player keeping artist Chuck Weber company outside Almont Gallery as he painted.
I popped into Plowshares' new Mainstreet location and was pleasantly surprised. Even though the space is smaller than the old Grand Ave. location, it's much brighter with a full wall of windows and higher ceilings. I saw many new items and the prices are still too low to believe.
I returned Downtown Saturday, by bike of course, to see racers from around the world compete in the Carl Zach Cycling Classic - the 15th time the Classic has come to Waukesha. The rain had stopped by the time the 100k men's professional race began and the temperature was quite nice. There could have been more people watching but it was nice to be so close to the action. The wind generated by a peloton of 40 or so riders pedalling at 30 mph felt more like a high-speed Acela Express than a freight train passing by. A three time Junior World Champion, past and present Olympians, Australians, Columbian riders... it was great to see them all. Thanks to Couri Insurance for their continued sponsorship, Alderman Randy Radish, Race Director, and all who make this possible.
Later Saturday I joined my ballooning friends for an Un-fair Skyfest get-together to break in a new grill. I've never had so much fun catching fireflies! We also roasted marshmallows, kicked the soccer ball, told stories, played games... Almost as much fun as ballooning.
We'll be leaving for the fair and it's tractor and truck pulls in a couple minutes. What didn't I have time for? Festa Italiana and the WEAL highway clean up in Eagle on rainy Saturday morning.