Hello again from the “Land of Logan.” My new reporting beat. This is my third week doing this column instead of my old venue in Adairville. As time goes by I hope to develop a wide readership as I had with my Adairville column. We will see! Hopefully I will not make too many people mad but if I do so be it. Forgive me.
Tuesday evening I attended the Logan County Fair Board meeting out at the County Extension Service Center on the by-pass. The fair board is composed of a number of good concerned citizens plus staffers Chris Milam, Gary Templeman and Lisa Browning from the Logan County Chamber of Commerce. The discussions centered on the proposed 2014 Logan County Fair. I was invited to attend and to pass along information about improving the fair and helping increase attendance. As it currently stands our county fair has a long way to go before it joins the ranks of outstanding county fairs.
Some of the necessary items for a well attended fair are:
1. Good entertainment and lots of it.
2. Good rides for the young and older.
3. Lots of good fair food.
4. Lots of good publicity. And here I will add one more item;
5. Multiple activities each day. One activity per day will not produce sustained crowds. With the leadership of the fair board, help of community leaders, civic organizations, businesses, many volunteers and the staff of the Logan County Extension Service our county fair can begin to grow and greatly improve. It will take all pulling together.
The Logan County and Russellville could help the fair board with a little seed money to help fund some of the entertainment. The county tourism commission would and will help with matching funds for publicity in surrounding counties. The county chamber can also add a lot of support. Our county fair needs to grow and improve. County fairs all around us are thriving. In fact county fairs all over the country are sustaining renewed growth as a new generation of young people wants to experience county fairs and the older generation enjoys a bit of the past.
Thanksgiving was yesterday. Almost every young child in the county has grown up learning about the first Thanksgiving and its meaning. I hope that all of us give thanks for our many blessings and remember the spirit of this special time. Many ministers will be preaching about the topic this coming Sunday. Take your family to your place of worship and give thanks for your family and all that you and yours have received.
Since I now live on Cornelius Avenue in Russellville and hear the train several times a day it has brought back many memories. My grand dad H.V. Dickerson was a railroad man as was his older brother James. As a child I well remember riding the passenger trains with my grandparents. How exciting it was. Entering the train station, climbing on board, getting seated, watching out the windows, hearing the conductors call out, hearing the train whistle and he many stops along the way to our destination. I also loved eating in the dining car and on several occasions spending the night in “a sleeper.” Kids today really miss something special.
On my some 30 plus trips to Europe, Africa and Asia I have again relived the great adventure of riding on a train. You meet great people, make new friends, see much more than you would on a plane and have wonderful experiences. I hope that one day a whole new generation of Americans will have the opportunity of riding passenger trains. In the mean time I will continue to wake up, enjoy lunch and go to bed listening to my own very special train just across the road from my home.
Till next time good night to Bertie Angel, my 96 year old girl friend, from down home and to Mrs. Calabash where ever you are!