The good folks of Custer celebrated the Euro-invasion of the Black Hills with the Gold Discovery Days Parada yesterday. Roving correspondent Toby Uecker provides these photos of the political entrants in the parade:
Custer County Democrats charged down Mount Rushmore Road on seven wheels and several feet.
The tricycle is particularly appropriate, reinforcing the rider’s message of protecting our resources and representing her Democratic friends’ commitment to people power.
As usual, the Democrats have much more to say, telling us lots of policies they stand for, than their Republican counterparts, who just grunt brand names and slogans.
When parties or candidates enter a parade, they need a big banner so every knows who they are. But banners require a big vehicle to which they can be safely taped or zip-tied. You can also get people to carry your banner… but a big banner requires at least two hands, if not two people, and those hands then aren’t able to hand out candy and campaign lit.
No problem, says engineer Scyller Borglum, who engineers a unique hands-free backpack banner for her parade route volunteer. See—engineers can at least come up with novel solutions to challenging problems! Now, if we can the backpack to deploy a second banner, angle them, and get them to rotate to serve a helicopter to get the marcher back to his car at the parade route staging grounds….
Borglum likes red as a campaign color, for truck and pants:
Borglum herself went by so fast my correspondent could barely catch her on film. We understand—parade routes require serious hustle.
Borglum at least chose a color that stands out. Borglum’s primary opponent, freshman Senator Marion Michael Rounds, chose a camouflage Jeep to parade his name through Custer. Red can represent lots of things; camouflage says, I’m hiding! which is never a message an elected official should send. Plus, the foresty camo busies up the display and eats Mike’s thin serifed font. But don’t worry, Mike: Scyller wastes her red advantage by losing her red-letter name in a busy field of white stars on blue, then uses a red field to make her black office letters harder to read.
Mike himself wasn’t in Custer for the mile-high hike, but he had a dog in the Jeep, and a dog is better than any candidate, right?