We were a bit nervous, this being our First Event of this nature, and it was threatening to rain. Then it got a little windy (not a good thing for a float)...
We used a G (think Garden) scale train, battery operated, on a boat trailer. What you see is a lot of mulch on the trailer bed, the 'grass' is actually moss dug up from my back yard. One of our members built the house on the front of the layout, and another large building painted to be a Blarney Stone Pub. A friend of his built the covered bridge on the track next to Tom (in the red shirt).
At the other end was what I call my Bird Town... they are all bird houses or bird feeders but they fit perfectly with the G scale train!
Of course the people, dogs, ponies and such were all added to bring things to life. The trees in the woods separating the better side of town from the other side are actual baby trees, junipers, cedars, and I forget what the other ones are. They are still in their pots and are now back home sitting under a camellia next to the car port. The deciduous trees minus their leaves are off a camellia or azalea out here in the yard. Imagine turning your landscaping scraps into trees on a layout!
It was a long hard day, but it finally paid off... WE WON BEST FLOAT!!!!!!
Now I need to figure out what to do with all the bald spots in my yard.