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Jenna: Celebrating the 4th in Colby, Kan.

Deerfield, Kan. – Last time I posted, I was spending the Fourth of July weekend in Deerfield, Kan., with my family. I was able to spend that Friday and Saturday in the field before we finished cutting the last of the wheat at that stop on Saturday night. On Sunday, we basically just hung out and hid from from 115-degree heat.

On Monday (the Fourth), we were invited to celebrate the holiday in Colby, Kan., with our friends the Rathes, who, as I’ve mentioned before, are following the harvest as part of the New Holland Harvest Support team.

The Rathes hosted quite a gathering that night at the Colby campground, inviting other New Holland employees and other harvesters, too. I was surrounded by good food and good people – and it was a good time! It was much different than most other Fourths, as we’re usually in the field – not hanging out and relaxing! Weird.

Here are a few photos from the Fourth:

Jada, Kaidence and Jenna.
First on my list after arriving in Colby: find Jada! Her crew stays in the same campground as the Rathes, so of course I had to visit. It was so great to see her! And that little Kaidence is such a cutie – and keeps Jada pretty busy, I think. Ha!

The party.
A group shot from the Fourth of July bbq.

Mark grilling.
Mark Rathe aka the Grill Master.

Some of the ladies: Carolyn Ahrens (Ahrens Harvesting), Candi Rathe (with daughter Brooklyn on her lap), my ma, and Lynn Prevost (Prevhost Harvesting).

New Holland table.
New Holland dudes. New Holland gentlemen. Whichever you prefer.

Brook's 4th shirt.
Brooklyn Rathe, showing off her festive shirt.

Deep discussion.
Callie (sister), Jillian Rathe, and Taylor (sister), lost in deep conversation.

4th of July feast.
Our feast. Thank you, Mark and Candi!

Brook and Jill watching fireworks.
Brooklyn and Jillian watching the Colby firework display. Jillian didn’t particularly enjoy the loud ones.

Fireworks in Colby, Kan.
We had an awesome view of the fireworks!

The kids shot off some of their own fireworks after the display. Ok…I shot off a few, too.

Jenna can be reached at Zeorian@allaboardharvest.com. All Aboard 2011 is sponsored by High Plains Journal and DuPont Crop Pro

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