Small towns may be short on the many amenities such as malls, museums and theaters but they are long on spirit! This weekend we hopped on our bikes and headed for the county fair. The festivities included rides, farm animals, a parade and of course a 4H building which showcased the accomplishments of the local youth. We’ve been to many of these types of festivals over the years, but this time we really took it in by appreciating the efforts and joy of the community. How proud everyone was to show off their best chicken, sell their wares, or ride on a float. The personal investment of each participant was evident in their smiles, greetings, and enthusiasm for the day’s events. We felt lucky to be a part of it and hope you enjoy a few snapshots of the day. May July 4th give you reason to pause and take pleasure in your neighbors wherever you may be.