Howdy good neighbors! I am so glad the Bethel Dipper Restaurant is back open following an automobile running through a wall of the establishment. It was closed over a week while repairs were made. Today I had one of the Dipper’s great milk shakes. When I went to pay a $5 bill fell out of one my pants’ pockets. I did not realize this till I had already got in my pickup truck and a young man walked up to me with the $5. His name was John Hendricks. I know his parents are proud of raising such an honest young man. I rewarded him for his honesty with the $5. Thank goodness Logan County is still producing many honest young people. Of course the parents play a major role in producing fine honest responsible young people. As a former teacher for a number of years I early on saw that students learn habits quickly from the example of their parents. Apparently young John Hendricks has learned well from his parents.
I have been out and about Logan County this week dropping off posters to local businesses advertising the upcoming county fair starting Saturday July 26. One of my stops was at the Harvest Grocery on East 4 St. in Russellville. The store is a real jewel. It offers some of the best meats, fresh produce and hottest sliced cheese I have ever had! When I say hot I am under expressing myself. It is hotter than most hot peppers. At checkout I talked to a smiling and very friendly staff. I put in my regular plug that Adairville needs a small store for the town. (Maybe one day!)
I need to add that 19 year old Gary Kirkland works at the Harvest Grocery. He is very bright, polite, witty and a nice person. He graduated from Beach High in Hopkinsville, has been employed at the store for six months, likes to hike, is single and available and likes history. (He believes in patriotism.) There you are Gary. Now I get my free coca cola next visit.
If you ever drive through the drive in window at the Lewisburg Banking Company on Hopkinsville Road in Russellville you will probably be greeted by the smiling face of Christy Shoemake. Not only is Mrs. Shoemake a real asset to the bank but she is probably one of the nicest dressed bank employees I have ever met. She has a real understanding of color, matching colors and looking very attractive and nice to work with. She could be a good teacher and example to some who definitely need her help! Three cheers for an employee who makes you enjoy stopping by and doing business!!!
If you would like a poster advertising the 2014 Logan County Fair please call Day Mar College, The Logan County Chamber of Commerce, The Logan County Tourism Office in the old court house or me at 615-389-5495. The fair will be at the county agriculture extension center on the by-pass in Russellville. The fair starts Saturday evening July 26 with a very fine horse show in the new arena. The price is only $3 per person. Where else can you go for a full evening of entertainment for such a little price. The parking is free. Admission to the grounds is free each day. The goats, swine, cattle and rabbits will be on display and in competition starting on Monday July 28. Starting Tuesday the fair will open at 5 p.m. The rides (arm band tickets will be sold at the midway), free entertainment, exhibits and other things start on Tuesday July 29. Wednesday is the big “car load for $30” for arm bands to ride all the rides on the big midway. There will be a lot of free entertainment that day. On Thursday are the rides, exhibits, food booths, Karaoke Contest with lots of prizes, The Little Mr. & Miss Beauty Contest and the Jr. Miss Contest is that same evening. On Friday August 1 everything opens at 5 p.m. Rides, exhibits. food booths, the top winning Scottish Dancers and that evening the big truck pull in the arena. The price for the truck pull is only $8 per person. (Some 18 big trucks are already signed up for the pull with more expected by gate time.) On Saturday August 2 the opening time is 12 Noon. The rides will open, food booths, a big BBQ Cook off Contest (you can get in on the sampling for $5), exhibitors, free entertainment all day in the main office building with the Forgy Town Band and the Scottish Dancers. That evening in the new arena will be the biggest entertainment show probably ever offered at the Logan County Fair. Two big shows for the price of one. The Marty Brown Show with full band and The Springers who have won one of the big national talent contests. The combined show is only $6 advanced tickets and $8 at the arena gate. (Advanced tickets can be purchased at the Logan County Chamber of Commerce, The Logan County Tourism Office or Daymar College next to Wal-Mart.
Make plans to attend our own Logan County Fair starting Saturday week. This is the first time our county fair board has undertaken a fair of this magnitude in probably 15 years. It is a real beginning and come next year it will be even bigger and better. This is a real family oriented week. Admission to the grounds is free. It opens at 5 p.m. each evening. The carnival rides will be plentiful. Discounted armbands will be sold on the midway. Most entertainment is free or very low priced. There will be free exhibits, vendors, food booths and much more. Come one and come all for a good time and yes come every day if you would like. I plan to!
WITH A SMILE Four years ago I was on the way to Nashville for a very dressy event at the governor’s mansion. I had a nice suit on, new $25 tie, new shoes and even new socks. It was winter time so it was a little cold. I stopped off to take a wedding gift to a young Amish couple who had married a few weeks before. I arrived with the gift and was told the newlyweds were in their barn milking cows. I entered the barn and began introducing myself to the bride and handed her the gift. Suddenly her mouth went across her mouth and she seemed to be in shock. She called her husband, that was my friend, and he came right away. Suddenly he threw up his hands and shout to me in excitement. I turned to look just as one of the milk cows lifted her tail and cut loose with both liquid and solid all over the back of my suit. It was very very wet, warm and smelly! The young couple was horrified until I started laughing. Then they started laughing. Before you knew it there must have been a dozen family members laughing with us.
None of the Amish men were anywhere near my size and I wasn’t about to put on one of the women’s black pin on dresses. The only thing they could do was pour buckets of well water on my backside. Needless to say I did not make it to the governor’s mansion that night. I drove home with the windows down and the heat on high. Oh did I smell. I am told that they renamed the cow in my honor. They always point her out when I pay a visit.
Till next time. Good night to all the lovely ladies and highly intelligent men of Logan County and a good night to Mrs. Calabash where ever you are!