Strawberry Festival number 70 has come and gone. Despite the weather it was a success and while I love the tradition, I am quite glad it is over. Each year I see a dwindling of the crowds. Many have asked if it is the last one and I cannot answer that. Our numbers in the Chamber are not growing and our age is. I’m not sure anyone that has never been in charge of the festival has any concept of the wear and tear the entire process has on the body and the mind. There are so many factors that affect the answer to that question that I’m not sure when a decision will be made. In my opinion and this is only my opinion, it will have to be completely revamped if it survives. During the late 40’s the festival was started and all the local businesses were the driving force behind the success. Each of the businesses sponsored queens and built floats for their queens. The winning queen was determined by the amount of money raised by that team. That changed during the 80’s because so many mothers were in the work force and could not work to raise money like had been done in the past and the businesses got fewer and fewer who were willing to participate and build the float. Thus the parade became less. Then the schools began getting out earlier and no bands participated. Times change and we either change with them or we become stagnant in our efforts in having a successful event. We need new ideas and willingness to take those ideas and be in charge of them. For example, Martina Brindley wanted to change the duel. Reluctantly, we told her to run with it believing it would probably fail and what to our surprise was a not only successful but absolutely fantastic and the best duel we have ever had. Ouch, that hurt for an old-timer to say, but hats off to Martina for standing her ground and orchestrating the BEST duel. This is what we need. Young people, we need your help. Bring your ideas along with your bodies to our next Chamber meeting and let’s decide, “Is there a festival next year, or was this the last?”
Congratulations go out to all our graduates. I have previously mentioned some but I have seen that Ryan Orndorff also graduated 3rd in his class so a big pat on the back to him. I know there are others that I don’t know about, so I will just say best wishes to all our graduates in the next chapter in your lives.
Congratulations to Bob and Donna Orndorff and all the family on the birth of their great granddaughter. Their granddaughter, Amber gave birth to Clara Jo this week. Best wishes to all of you.
I got a text last night that Ayden Trimble had made the all-star 8U baseball team and Marlee Allen and Kinzi Cross had made the 12U softball team. Great work guys. Continue to make Adairville proud on your all-star teams. Good job coaches. Thanks to Paul and Donald for all their hard work at the park.
Coffee Bottom Girl
As Memorial Day is this coming Monday, let’s pause for a moment to remember all our military that we have lost in the line of duty. My Uncle Luke was killed in WWII. Some of my cousins have a letter written to my grandmother from President Franklin D. Roosevelt, thanking her for the sacrifice her son gave to his country.
For a little history, Memorial Day began being observed after the Civil War and was called Decoration Day. The Civil War claimed more lives than any other war in our history. Thus the establishment of National Cemeteries was a necessity. Sometime in the late 1800’s, people began paying tribute to the fallen soldiers in late spring. For many years this went on until it was proclaimed a National Holiday in 1971 and the last Monday in May was established as the day for observing it. I for one believe that it is important even necessary for us to remember our history and the reasons things happened like they did. I wish the holocaust never happened and that slavery never existed but my wishing it doesn’t make it go away. It happened and no amount of taking reminders away is going to make it not having happened. We just have to learn from our past to ensure things like that never happen again.
As we see the swatska, we should be reminded that we should never again let a crazed man convince us that we must exterminate a group of people because that is his belief. The confederate flag was not a flag against blacks, it was the flag of the south who believed in state’s rights. Was slavery wrong? Yes, but the Confederate flag is a piece of material that serves as nothing more than a way of life for the south. Maybe it’s because I was born a poor little white girl that I just don’t get it. If that’s the case, why do I feel that I am the minority because I am told what I can and can’t believe, who I can and cannot agree with and who I can and cannot offend. Well, I am offended. Why can I not disagree with the fact that a Muslim cannot be asked to remove their head gear but I’m asked to remove my shoes? Why can I not disagree that my granddaughters not go into bathrooms with transgenders because who knows if a pedophile may use that strategy to go in to get his kicks? And then are pedophiles also born that way and murderers? If so, are we to accept them too. What is wrong with us people, who would have thought Eve eating that apple would lead to this?
A Hui Hou Kā’Kou
“May the road rise up to meet you
May the wind be always at your back
May the sun shine warm upon your face
And the rain fall soft upon your fields
And until we meet again
May God hold you in the palm of his hand”
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