Sunday, July 07, 2013

July 4th Howell Jubilee

The day started early at my Aunt's house with our skeet shoot. My Aunt Maralyn finished 2nd but to her credit, a chimney sweep did swoop down just as I shouted "Pull!" She got the bird but not the skeet. She felt bad, but Good Grief, she is 90.
After that we had the usual events, sword fighting in which the young Bullions did well, Archery which we dominated, 400 meter target shooting, staves, hand to hand combat and hatchet throwing which my brother James won. Of course he is the only one of us to ac
tually have to kill a bear with a hatchet so.. understandable.
Then there was the deer roping which if you don't know is not some easy event. The winner is usually the one that doesn't end up in the hospital for a couple of hours. There was rock climbing, knife throwing, and a 5 mile run with full packs (my Aunt finished 7th, she is 90 you know). One of the fun events is a full out Dirt Clod War where sides are chosen and forts defended. I think it was a draw but my head still hurts.
That afternoon a full feast of great food with plenty of desserts for the ones that could still walk.
Later we topped the night off by going to the fireworks at Ole Miss. Another great family 4th of July for the Howell Clan.

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