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Fall has arrived

Sunday, October 2, 2011

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Bud Hunt publisher Daily Dunklin Democrat
After almost 20 years I still haven't figured out if the Delta Fair brings in the fall-like weather or if the weather brings in the Fair. Either way they both seem to arrive at about the same time.

Meg Benson pulled off her first parade and it went rather smoothly. One thing's for sure, the parade is gonna happen. The trick is to make it happen as it's planned. There's always going to be a couple of snafus but everyone seems to make it from one end of the route to the other.

This year's parade had several entries from politicians even though it's not an election year. Next year we should see a similar number and probably even more entries from folks wanting our vote. It's also possible some of the statewide candidates will get off of Interstate 70 and visit the Bootheel. Kudos once again to Sheriff Bob Holder for using "volunteers" to clean up the route on Wednesday morning.

Judge Mark Preyer had an entry in this year's parade. He was riding in a pickup. Mark explained the protocol to me when I chided him about riding.

"When it's election year you have to walk," he said.

Judge John Spielman was also back with his kiddie train.

Not having grown up with a fair as part of my life it is interesting to see how much a part of the local culture it has grown to become. Thanks to a lot of hard work by a lot good folks the fair continues to grow and change. The fair board is always looking to improve the attractions whether it's the midway, demolition derby or entries into the brag patch.

The fair isn't all about the kids, but they sure seem to enjoy it. While working the West Gate at the fair one evening last week I saw several familiar faces coming and going.

Will Crawford, son of Congressman Rick, wife, Stacy, was walking out carrying a bat. Asked whether or not the youngster had won the bat at a booth, I was told it came from his granddad. I figured they meant Grandpa Ron (Harris) as opposed to Grandpa Don (Crawford) just because Grandpa Ron's known for cutting up big trees into little wood pieces.

I suggested Will might want to give that bat to his dad when he goes back to Washington and suspect both grandpas will be okay with that idea.

At lunch on Thursday afternoon it was noted Jack Holifield had been seen going into the fair after the parade with his grandson. Jack rather adamantly said, "Yes, I was there and I won't be going back."

Then added, "Unless Jax, (his grandson) wants to go."

One couple I didn't see that night but who I think had already bought their armbands was David and Margaret Dalton. I suggested to them that Maddie and Katie were to the age when mom and dad would now be spending a little more time at that fair. Margaret spoke up and said she was going to get a break armband night and that the kids' grandmother, Marion, was going to be taking them to the fair with their dad.

Margaret looked disappointed. Really, she did. For about 15 seconds then she broke into a wide grin.

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Move over

Looks like Anderson Cooper needs to make room at the bottom of the ratings pile for another limousine liberal, Jon Stewart and his "Daily Show" that tries to bill itself as a "news" show but serves more as a shill for liberal thought.

According to the website "TV by the Numbers," Stewart's show was topped in the ratings Wednesday night by "Operation Repo." That's a real life show where they repo cars, trucks, boats, basically anything that can be repossessed.

I've see a couple of those shows, but I've never seen any of Stewart's effort.

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First stimulus?

"Following notifications from Congressman Zimmerman last week that the armory project in Kennett has been given Presidential approval, members of the armory committee met with J.L. Sutterfield, architect, who has drawn the plans for the building which will be used as an armory, as a high school gymnasium and community house, to go over with him details of the construction and give final instructions for the preparation of the specifications.

"The committee has instructed Mr. Sutterfield to raise the walls 2 feet higher, giving the building an 18 foot wall, which with the arch-type roof, will give plenty of clearance for the basket ball court. The length of the building will also be increased 5 feet with all of this additional length being put in the main auditorium, which will also provide the playing floor, which will be 90 feet wide by 85 feet long. The length of the entire building will be 182 feet"

That information comes from the front page of the Friday, November 26, 1937 edition of the Dunklin Democrat courtesy of the DDD's unofficial, but much appreciated historian, Vivian Helton.

I suppose one might consider this part of the very first stimulus under the old WPA crafted by President Franklin Roosevelt.

Bud Hunt is regional vice

president, publisher of the

Daily Dunklin Democrat, Daily Statesman, Delta News-Citizen, Missourian-News and

North Stoddard Countian.