COLUMN: It's Fair week!

Mark Spensley
Express Co-Publisher

By the time you read this, the Great Jones County Fair will be up and running. Fair week often signals an end to summer. Summer doesn’t actually end but it shows up about the halfway point of summer break and the next few weeks tend to fly by way too fast. 


Fair week probably isn’t the best time to be into your third week of a workout plan that does include better eating and sleeping habits. Well, you have to start at some point. 


I’m guessing I’ll go off the diet and maybe partake in a cold adult beverage or two. Maybe I’ll cut back on my indulgence on fair food. Less adult beverage consumption shouldn’t be a problem either. Looks like we’ll be home a couple of nights on grandkid duty. 

I’m okay with that. 


The biggest challenge will be finding the time and motivation to get to the gym this week. Maybe I can join Tim McGraw for one of his famous workouts. Here is where you roll your eyes! 


This is a busy week for my staff. They cover the fair like no other media does in my mind. Hot animal shows, lots of photos and racing will keep them busy. This will be Kim’s ninth fair and Pete’s 21st


Previous staffs left after one or two fairs. I’m not really kidding. I’m going to just say that the both of them hold records for most fairs by an editor and sports editor. And our long list of interns are so valuable as well. 


Monticello will be hosting thousands and thousands of people this week. Hopefully everyone will be well-behaved, the weather will be dry and fair-goers and animals all survive the heat. 


And I hope all enjoy what is known around here as the five best days of summer! 



Uptown Summer Nights

If you haven’t attended one of the Chamber’s Uptown Summer Night events, I would strongly encourage you to do so. This past Friday we had another great event. 


Adam Keith entertained everyone, the beer was cold, kids enjoyed ice cream, hot dogs and brats, the weather was just right and the conversations enjoyable. Over 100 people packed into Pocket Park and there was plenty of room for many more. 


Thank you to Ohnward Bank and Trust for sponsoring this month’s event and for the Monticello Rotary Club for helping out. 


Our next Uptown Summer Night will be Friday, August 16 and co-sponsored by ITS and Keleher’s Jewelry. Music will be provided by local favorites, Crosscut.


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