Sounds like the perfect day, huh? We had us a good ole Redneck Sunday this past weekend! Yee-haw!
Note: Always practice firearm safety, use weapons responsibly, and never fire a gun for fun while intoxicated. Guns are serious weapons and should always be respected for how powerful they are.
My cousin Nick, his son Austin, my husband Duggs, and I went over to Aunt Ruth’s house (EZ’s younger sister) for some target practice. Aunt Ruth’s house is known for being THE spot for deer sightings around here. With plenty of property, not a lot of neighbors, and some good areas to set up target practice – it’s the ideal location to go shoot some guns!
I mean, if we’re going to be able to hunt successfully at all this upcoming season, we gotta get the practice in now – right?
All in all, we had a lot of fun.
It was a super hot day, which was a mixed bag: I was thankful for the break in the rain we’ve had so much of lately. But man, it was really hot out – like muggy, humid, hot. I know that come winter I’ll be longing for these sunny hot days, but after Florida and Hawaii, the cooler weather of New York has been nice.
Hunting and shooting are two hobbies that I’m okay with. I think that if you’re going to eat meat, getting your meat via hunting is far more humane, healthy, and natural than the factory farming system we have here in the US. I know that for some of my animal-loving pals, the act of hunting is hard to understand. If you ever want to know why I feel the way I do, just ask!
After a couple hours of target practice, Duggs and I headed over to the local Strawberry Festival! Put on by a near by winery, Merritt Winery, the strawberry festival was a grand ole time. We swung by mostly to pick up some food for lunch, so we didn’t stay long.
It was a pretty small set up though, so even in about 30 minutes – we were able to at least see everything there was to see.
The festival is home to their world-famous “Sangria Slush” – as soon as I heard that, I was just dying and begging to go all week long. And trust me, I was not let down. The red sangria in slushie form was oh so tasty!
After a hot afternoon in the sun, this hit the spot:
What to do after you’ve been shooting all day? Why, shoot some more of course!
The festival all went to benefit jeuvenile diabetes research (great cause, and local too). One of the tables was a small Glock range, and for a few dollars you could fire off seven rounds. With a beer in hand, Duggs just had to go and shoot some more.
Shoot a bullseye, and win $5 off your food! Since we were buying burgers and hot dogs to bring home – this worked out perfectly! Good job Duggs.
The fine boardwalk of booths and sundries:
And of course, the classic car show!
Strawberries and other fine foods!
We actually got way more food than this… including some NY state 100% pure maple syrup, a homemade spice and herb mix to cook with, and all the hot food we brought home for lunch. I should have grabbed some pics of that!
The festival was cute, but I didn’t mind not hanging around for a long time. There was a band, and the singer was pretty good – but she was just doing covers mostly, and it was nothing epic. My cousin told me the line up for Saturday consisted of some great local bands that he’s heard before and really likes.
This weekend seems to have kicked off “festival season” – all summer long, just about every weekend around here is some kind of festival or fair. I am SO EXCITED! I love fair food, I love the atmosphere, the fun vibe – I want to go to as many as I can (if Duggs actually read my blog, this is the part that would just fill him with dread, lol – imagine going to a fair every weekend? haha).
We had a really fun time. The sunny hot Sunday outdoors more than made up for how rainy Saturday was and the outside time we lost because of it. I can’t wait to see what else summer in this new place brings, hopefully more good times and neat stuff to see and explore.
Do you have a lot of festivals in your area? Do you go to them?
As always – thanks for reading!! xoxo, hhr