COLUMN: Fair survival guide

Mark Spensley
Express Co-Publisher

     Someone should come up with a fair survival guide, preferably before the fair. I do not have any thoughts on one but I would welcome any recommendations.

     All in all it was a great week. And my employees showed up to work on Monday, which is icing on the cake. It has been a while, but we have actually had an editor or two retire from the Express after covering the fair for a week.

     Hats off to the fair manager and board for another great Jones County Fair. One quick observation, the amount of people coming into Monticello and camping for the whole week is unbelievable. The fair has turned into a music festival for quite a few out-of-towners. I think that trend is really cool.

     Post-fair events. I would like to bring to everyone’s attention a couple of events for this week. On Thursday night at Pocket Park will be the second Uptown Thursday Night event that is hosted by the Monticello Chamber.

     This month’s event is sponsored by Ohnward Bank & Trust. Adam Keith will provide music. This is a FREE event and family-oriented as well. Food and beverages will be available to purchase.

     On Friday evening, The Jitney has graciously decided to host a benefit night for our fire chief, Don McCarthy. Don is fighting a battle with cancer. The Jitney will donate 10% of its sales to Don and his family.

     A few Monticello Fire Department members will be helping out with bartending duties. Both events I mentioned have more information that can be found on our Entertainment page.

     RAGBRAI. On Saturday I will be joining some friends for a one day ride on RAGBRAI. Our group will be making the Sigourney to Iowa City trek of 57 miles. The others will proceed the next day from Iowa City to Davenport. I will not. At least not on my bike; I will pick them up after they finish their ride.

     I hope I can last 57 miles on my bike. I’m sure I will have a very sore derriere. Here’s to good weather that day. And hoping I’m not in over my head too much!



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