The first year we watched a huge parade. Seville was very good to the families who were related to the Bates. They set aside a family area where you could meet with other Bates relatives.
Martin and Anna are outlined on the barn so that you can stand by them when visting the farm on their guided tour.
I got a phone book, looked her up and called. I found out she was my grandmother, Cora Wright's, half sister. I went to her home and visited her. We talked about all kinds of things in the family. She also told me that the Bates house had been rebuilt for "normal" sized people and gave me the address of another house to go look at which she said was exactly like the Bates house had been except for the size. I went out and took a picture of that house.
The second year we attended, we rode on the family float in the parade.
We ended up moving to Medina which is about ten miles from Seville. I don't remember if they had the festivals while we lived up there or if we just went home to Dayton when we had the fourth of July holiday. It seems like it stopped for a while.
Last year I was googling and found the Giant Fest. Unfortunately it was held on the same weekend as my nephew, Danny's wedding so I didn't get to go to that one. They had also changed it from July to September.
I am scheduled to attend this year's festival this weekend. On Frday night there is a dinner for members of the Bates family hosted by one of the churches in town. On Saturday and Sunday there are activities all day including plays, civil war enactments, contests, walks in daylight and by lantern to the cemetery. The whole schedule can be seen at http://www.giantfest.com/.
I am not writing from home so I don't have access to Alice's picture. I will post it later on with another story. I will also write what I know about Martin and Anna and their lives together. I am going to attend the dinner Friday night and the festival on Saturday. I am meeting at least one of my Bentley cousins on Saturday. We will see what all we can see until the fireworks display on Saturday night. I will tell you several stories about the Bates and things I learned in Medina couty.