Saturday, we met up with Uncle Whit and Aunt Cathy at a craft show in Mt. Vernon. We went to King Barbacoa BBQ for lunch, which was really good if you ever go to that part of the country. We came back to McLeansboro and walked up to the square again so Whit and Cathy could check out the Fall Festival. We ended up eating a light dinner there and they left, but mom and I stayed for the 6pm parade. Once again, there were MANY "Only in McLeansboro" moments - a donkey dressed as a card dealer on a float, one of the real "Barney Fife" cars, and all the politicians from the entire county out doing their campaigning. Too bad I didn't have my camera with me for all of this!
Sunday, Mom and I were able to make me a new kitchen window valence and a new UT wreath for my house (here's a picture to show it off). We also went to the Vanity Fair Outlet in West Frankfort, IL and then drove to Carbondale to eat at the famous 17th Street BBQ restaurant (voted best ribs). Overall, we had a crafty, BBQ-filled, interesting but fun weekend in McLeansboro, IL!