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Let the countdown begin

The Mommy Chronicles

July 20, 2012
Anne Blankenship , The Daily Freeman Journal

And now the countdown begins There is so much going on in Hamilton County over the next few weeks that it will be difficult at times to choose what to do. With Watermelon Day in Stanhope, RAGBRAI, the Hamilton County Fair and Little League tournament, this will surely one of the busiest, most exciting weeks in recent memory. As one of our readers said recently in the "Talk Back" column, "If anyone says there's nothing to do in Hamilton County, they're wrong."

An online reader countered with a question of whether there was anything to do that didn't require being out in the extreme temperatures. While the heat is a genuine concern, all of the events going on will have shady spots and plenty of water and other cool drinks to help beat the heat. And certainly, everyone should take care and seek cool shelter if they become overheated.

These events are great for our county but they don't just happen. The activities attract residents and visitors alike who often don't realize all of the planning and preparation. Volunteers are the reasons that theses events go off without a hitch; volunteers have given so many hours of their time and talents.

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I know my family looks forward to Watermelon Day in Stanhope. I know we could go buy watermelon any where, but for some reason, it just tastes better at Watermelon Day. Maybe it's the hot July weather, maybe its because those melons roll out of a refrigerated truck I don't know it just hits the spot. Daniel always looks forward to parade week that's what he calls it since Watermelon Day usually falls a few days before the Hamilton County Fair parade. It's always a candy bonanza for my son and other children who line the streets of Webster City. Its a great time for community members and a great way to kick off all of the Fair events.

Things are a little different this year with the fair due to RAGBRAI considerations. Kudos to the Fair Board for working with RAGBRAI committee officials to make sure both events are successful for all involved. The Fair parade will take place on Monday night instead of Tuesday this year, but will follow the same route through the community. Immediately following, the new show arena on the fairgrounds will be dedicated. Daniel is excited for the Fair. He and his dog, Toby, will be among the first to use that show arena on Tuesday morning as the dog obedience competition gets the Fair rolling.

That same day, our streets will be filled with bicycles perhaps as many as 20,000 more people more than tripling our population for 24 hours. There will be inconveniences and challenges that day, but consider the fun and opportunities that will present themselves. Visit with travelers from all over the United States and the world. Show some pride and share all of the wonderful things about Webster City our parks, trails, terrific restaurants, great hospitality and friendly people.

I've no doubt that those riders will long remember their stop in our county.



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