On Saturday at the beginning of the day I was at the Mercer Island parade and fair, which is usually on the weekend after July 4th.
There were dozens of fun and nice photos. After the parade I wore a katana while walking among the Fair. During the parade, I was in ordinary clothing and merely enjoying, greeting people and taking photos here and there.
I greeted and photographed the King County sheriff who was at the parade.
In the post-parade part, one cheerleader and her friends posed for a photo and at a different time, one of the drill team stopped for a photo, and that was nice of them.
There were six different boys who, at different times, wanted to hold the katana, which I allowed. The various boys holding the katana managed to do so without injury or menace to any passerby, which I suppose was pretty good. Afterwards, I reviewed the photos, and I found I or they seem to have been pretty good at creating distance between bystanders and the kid holding the katana, at the various times.
All the situations with the kid holding the katana came about from those boys asking me! One of the first was one of the sons of one of the candidates for school board!
One of the Masons also held the katana and joked with me about thinning the herd!
On the Saturday visit at the Fair, I had extended conversations with school board candidates about school policies and training re rape resistance, given what seems to have been a bad stumble at Mountlake Terrace High school in 2016.
Here are many of the nice photos!