Here we are in September and it's still hot (and dry). The past weekend has been festival time. On Saturday, after taking care of the guests, we went down to Chilhowee (a small town about 15 miles from here) and enjoyed some food and listened to the Nace Brothers Band. A great crowd. One of the band members wondered how a town of 329 can raise $16,000 to bring int he kind of entertainment it does, when Warrensburg struggles to even think of a festival. May have some contest pictures out of Chilhowee.
On Monday, we went to Germantown's Labor Day Picnic - you won't find it on the map. It's an old Catholic parish that's been de-accessed by the Church and taken over by local folks. $8/person, family style. We got there early, and good thing. Great event. On the way home, we stopped at Deepwater (pop. 507) for their annual picnic - country band playing, carnival running, horse show about to start. Finally, after quick stops in Clinton (pop. 9311 - Olde Glory Days were back in early July) and Calhoun (pop. 491, 98th annual Colt Show a week earlier), we stopped at Windsor (pop. 3087). Windsor's weekend event was over except for the tractor pull, and their big local event is on July 4th.
All is not lost in Warrensburg, since there will be a Chautauqua on Oct 5-7. We're involved, but the bureaucracy is appalling. Also, we're fully booked that weekend, but come on down anyway for the event even if you don't stay.
At the Farm, as I said, it's dry. The native grasses are doing OK because they evolved to fit our climate, and are starting to look really good with waving golden plumes on the Indiangrass. Flower color is yellow, with goldenrod, assorted sunflower species and bidens starting to bloom. Once the weather breaks it will be perfect for the fireplace, so I'll be cutting more firewood soon.