"He has made everything beautiful in its time." Ecclesiastes 3:11
That verse reminds me of the song Sylvia (Blooding) Weeks used to sing. One year at a Veteran's Day program at school as she sang the song, "Everything Beautiful in His Time" while her classmates passed out those words they had copied to slim sheets of paper to the students in the Assembly. In those years we also had skits on the Viet Nam topic and concerns of teenagers.
This weekend there is a major patriotic parade and program in Lamar Saturday,
September 8. Unfortunately, it will be at the same hour as the Kiowa County Fair Parade in Eads at 10:00 a.m. However, this is sure to be a fine parade too orchestrated by Tina Adamson and Shelly Englehardt.
Cindy McLoud and Don Oswald are Commissioners who work at all hours for different causes and problems of the county. But the part that Gail Voss and I see a lot are the many emails that they write conferring about the future senior citizens center. Cindy and Donald are so knowledgeable as they try to work out any potential problems that could happen with our two new buildings. They also go to numerous meetings in this six-county area, and I know Cindy goes to a number in Denver, Pueblo, and other cities around the state. Being a commissioner of any county in this wonderful state of Colorado is actually a full-time job in the 20-teens.
The Colorado State Fair has been in full swing. A number of Haswell senior citizens had a great day last week when the traveled in the county van to see the big fair and the ranch rodeo. By the listing of ribbon awards, our Kiowa County 4-H members won several champion ribbons and top ten placement awards on their 4-H Projects.
Chamber of Commerce posters have been designed to thank the Kiowa County Fair Board, who are the 2017 Volunteers of the Year, for their diligent volunteer work. They are: A.J. Bolin, Scotty Englehardt, Areta Blooding-Laird, Tearle Lessenden, Mike Johnson, A.J. McCracken, Bart Michael, Barb Scranton, and Bobby Sinka. Tradition is that the volunteer(s) of the year and the Citizen of the Year, Jan Richards, will lead the fair parade as marshals. Tina Adamson and Shelly Englehardt of the Commissioner's Office will be lining up the Parade beginning at 14th and Maine Streets. Those who want to be in the parade can call or see these ladies for directions or place in the parade.
Following the try-outs for Kiowa County royalty for 2019, the Queen will be Brooklyn Jones; the Junior Princess will be Braya Ferris, and Bella Adame will be the Tiny Tot Princess. Eads High School junior Morgyn Johnson has been an outstanding Queen this year. She has been accompanied by pretty Eads students Kiya Leonard as Junior Princess, and Braya Ferris as Tiny Tot Princess. Brooklyn, Morgyn, and Kiya are also athletes on the Eads volleyball teams.
Friday and Saturday, during the fair, the public is invited to an open house at the Prairie Pines Assisted Living Center at the south end of Maine Street. Board members are selling $25.00 tickets for a jackpot drawing in November. Richard Glover of Eads won the drawing last year. This summer, he and his wife, Koy, and mother, Alice Glover, cooked a big fine dinner for the residents and staff and board members of Prairie Pines. He likes to grill meats and his specialties usually have a Polynesian flavor since he was in the Navy in Hawaii for several years.
When my niece, Kristi (Griswould) Hirsch was here in Colorado for a wedding, she enjoyed driving around town to look at the homes. She said she "thought the lawns all looked so pretty." My alley is better now since my dear neighbor, Mona Walker, mowed the weeds Thursday.
Since there will not be a barbeque on Saturday of the fair this year, people can eat at the 4-H concession stand, one of the four eating places in our town, or the Thai foods booth, and other vendors at the county fair.
The high school students will have their homecoming royalty in the parade. They are Seniors, Brooklyn Jones, Molly Stolzenberger, Lauren Spady, Nicholas and Blake Stoker; Juniors, Kaycee Ellenberger and Chris Scranton; Sophomores, Ally Spady and Hatch Nelson; and Freshmen, Rhealie Rittgers and Chase Stolzenberger. Homecoming Week is October 8-13.
We consumers are so glad to have Ryan Lane, who lives in Eads, as our Eastern Slope Rural Telephone Association technician. He is quick to come to your home or place of business when a patron has internet or phone questions as well as computer and cable service needs. He and Clair had a baby girl, Audee Jade, recently.
Kit Carson Day had such a good barbeque, rodeo, and parade as well as vendors along the blocks.
Barb and Jeff Scranton and friends have been working for months to provide fun
games and carnival-like attractions at the county fair this year. People may be delighted when they go to the middle show barn area. We extend our sincere sympathy to Barbara since her mother, the former Violeta Japhet, passed away last month.