Northfiled finished its big community celebration—Defeat of Jesse James Days. This has been going on for over 50 years and has turned into a very large celebration. I’ve been told that it is the third largest festival in the state, and the largest festival run completely by volunteers. Jesse James was a bank robber from Missouri that came up here in 1876 and robbed the First National Bank. There was a shoot out on the street, some robbers were killed, and eventually most of the gang was captured nearby. Jesse James escaped capture, but it was the last bank he and his gang robbed.
We had great weather all weekend. I belong to the Northfield Rotary Club. Each year for Defeat of Jesse James Days we host a bike tour. We organize a 10, 30, 60 and 100 mile ride which attracts between 750 and 1,000 riders. It takes a lot of effort to organize such a bike ride, but it is a good fundraiser for our Rotary Club. I was up hauling food at 5:00AM on Saturday.
On Sunday we had the Grand Parade through the town. There were lots of firetrucks, marching bands, tractors, etc.
I drove a float for one of our local charter schools, with drummers on the trailer. My favorite parade entry is always the James Gang—the horses and riders that do the band robbery reenactments over the weekend.
If you have never been here for Defeat of Jesse James Days plan a trip to Northfield next year. It is always the weekend after Labor Day.