Weekly Blog June 11th, 2017: Small Town Festivals

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First of all I want to say thank you for all the people around the world who continues to shower me in likes, comments, and views! I really appreciate all my supporters far and wide and I feel like I need to thank everyone, every day. I’m sure you guys get tired of it, but I think it’s important to recognize the viewers out there and tell everyone how much I appreciate them. I really hope everyone had a wonderful week, and I am so happy that you decided to take a moment of your time to check out my stuff. I had a pretty good week; although, I did not get out this week’s Pokemon chapter. I promise I’ll get out two for this upcoming Wednesday and I hope to finish our Dungeons and Dragons inspired tale on Friday (at least for now) as our adventurers try to conquer a dragon. So there’s just a little preview for this upcoming week. I hope you come back and stay awhile. We are quickly approaching 90 different pieces on the website, so hopefully you can find something to read. If you do like something, feel free to give it a like or leave a comment, and if you don’t like it, feel free to leave a comment or contact me at allen.the.writer@gmail.com to leave some constructive criticism on how to better the website or the pieces that are being uploaded. Ok now I want to move on to this week’s topic: Small Town Festivals! There’s a lot of festivals going on around me during this month and they will continue on throughout the summer, so I thought I’d talk about them in this week’s Weekly Blog.

If you’re from a small town, you know that once a year for about a week (usually in the summertime or early fall), your town completely shutsdown to host some kind of festival. This festival might be for the local food or produce like corn, apples, pumpkins, green beans, potatoes, cheese, pork, chicken, etc. or maybe you shut down for some kind of local hero or historic figure. These small town festivals usually consist of a ton of “fair food” like funnel cakes, elephant ears, cotton candy, kettle corn, etc. and your local delicacy incorporated into all kinds of strange food fusions. If you live near a place that specializes in corn, you’ll have corn infused into pancakes, meat kabob, and maybe even some kind of deep fried dessert. Local citizens and politicians will be out talking to people and catching up with people they haven’t seen since last year’s town festival. And don’t forget all the rides like the Ferris Wheel and Mery-Go-Round that kids just love to go around and around and around and around on. Finally the small town festival experience is topped off by people putting out blankets and chairs the night before so they have a great seat for the parade going through town.

Now there’s a lot of little things I can nitpick about these small towns and the culture surrounding them, but honestly, I love small town festivals! I love all the food and the traditions and how excited people get for these events that happen once a year. Plus its good for advertising local businesses and puts money into the local economy. What’s not to love? Yeah maybe people can take it a little too seriously and the whole “setting up your chair the night before” thing baffles me, but I can’t help but love all the festivities. And did I mention the food? The food is delicious! I never get tired of fair food.

You might not know this about me, but I’m from a small town. Well actually I’m from the cornfields surrounding a small town. Now I don’t know a thing about tractors and I’ve never bailed hay or straw or any other grain you might need to bail. However, I am from the country and I attended a high school with only 60 people in the graduating class. I grew up listening to country music (which I still enjoy from time to time) and I grew up with a bunch of right-wing protestants in all levels of government. I grew up in an area where every small town had some kind of summer or fall festival and the county fair was a huge thing (which I’m sure will be a future Weekly Blog Topic). Again, there are people whose great-great-great-great grandfather helped settled this land who tried to dominate this small town culture and tried to sow themselves as much power as possible. There are people who will drop everything for some cotton candy or deep-fried twinkie and a parade. But there are also people like me who enjoy small town festivals without obsessing over them. I go out there, get some food, maybe see some people I haven’t seen in awhile, and then I go home. These parades, rides, and festivities can be quite fun when you don’t become overwhelmed by them.

There’s my take on Small Town Festivals. If you’re from a small town (or even a big city) and you know of some unique or zany traditions, feel free to leave a description of them down below. I’d love to hear about your small town or the local traditions in your area. I know big cities also have tons of festivals, so I’d love to hear about those too. Again, thank you for your support through likes, comments, and views. If you liked this piece, I have several other Weekly Blog posts you can look through or you can check out my more creative pieces under the “Fanfiction” tab and “Writing Prompt” tab. Also if you are a creator, make sure to send me your website address to allen.the.writer@gmail.com so I can check out the stuff you make.

Thank you again and I hope you have a wonderful week!

-Allen_The_Writer

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