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I’ve known about the Hopkins Raspberry Festival for years but have never attended. Usually when I think about it, it’s already happened or I have something else scheduled. This year Chris mentioned it the day before and I realized that this was the year.Having never been, I wasn’t sure what to expect. We headed for the Mainstreet Marketplace – booths, vendors, food! Part of Main Street is the parade route, so we passed a lot of saved spots as well as a lot of showy cars. It was definitely a convertible kind of day and I wondered if some of those cars would be in the parade later in the day.
We expected to see a lot of raspberry-themed booths and food options; in this we were surprised. Except for the Festival Committee doing small raspberries sundaes for $1 donation (which were quite yummy), we didn’t see any other raspberry stuff. Even in the Farmer’s Market side street, none of the vendors had raspberries for sale. A friend told me that there aren’t as many raspberry farms around Hopkins these days, property being snapped up for housing and shopping. I don’t know if this is true or not.
What we didn’t expect was how many dogs attended the Festival. Everywhere we turned, there were dogs. Big, small, on leashes, in baby strollers. YA and I are not capable of passing up a dog, so we met and talked with quite a few owners. One dog was wearing an “adopt me” vest and two other dogs were being fostered. One of my favorites was the Golden Retriever at the Airport Dog booth. If you’ve ever encountered “relaxation” dogs at the airport, dogs who are just there so you can pet them and de-stress a bit, this is one of those dogs. He was big and fluffy and so friendly. When I commented to the owner that YA might want to take him home with us, she replied that he would probably like that as well.
So lots of dogs, no raspberries. We had a good time anyway and we have a few of our first round of raspberries left in the fridge.
Let’s talk dogs. Favorites? Stories? (Apologies to the cat people today.)