Well the rides began pulling into Adairville on Sunday and now things are in full swing. It’s always good to see them. Casey’s rides have been coming here for many years now and it’s always good to see J.D., Debbie and their children. Mr. Casey was in charge when they started coming here. He always seemed to love coming to Adairville. Charles Davis was one he always had to see first. He loved sitting in there talking to Charles, Mary Ann and all the others. J. D. Green, Mr. Casey’s grandson, and his wife Debbie took over when Mr. Casey started thinking about retiring, so it is always a homecoming when they come to town. Their 3 children grew up coming to the Strawberry Festival. Welcome to town to the Greene family and Casey’s Rides.
Our prayers and condolences go out to Kim Fowler, Jerry Hayes and the rest of the Bill Hayes family. He passed away last Wednesday. Please remember this family in your prayers.
Also, keep the Davis family in your prayers as Mary Ann is in serious condition. Mary Ann has had a rough past year. She has just not been able to bounce back like she always does. Prayers for her and all the Davis family.
We’re excited to have Mrs. Peggy Brewer displaying her artwork again this year. She will have her art exhibit in the Chamber office. Be sure and go in and see her and browse around the Museum while you’re there. Ralph and Peggy are a great asset to our town. They always bring a breath of that Florida sunshine back with them. I love this sweet couple.
We have so many good people in Adairville, people willing to work and get things done for the festival. Danny Finch is one of the hardest workers I know. He works full time at Logan Aluminum, takes care of his mother, cleans his church, works hard in the park, and still takes time to make sure all things are taken care of at the festival. I want to give him a BIG Thank You for all he does for our town. There is not a harder worker to be found than Danny. If you see him during the festival tell him thank you for his dedication.
The school has been testing this week. I am sure it has been quite hard to get the students settled down but I know they will all do very well on their tests. We have an awesome school. The staff and the students are the best.
There will be lots of exciting things to do at the festival this year as always. Casey’s Rides have brought in an awesome group of rides. I think the kids will be very pleased. There is some great entertainment lined up. The ever popular Jimmy Church Band will be bringing music Friday evening. On Saturday right before the parade, we will be dedicating the pergola and gardens to the memory of Nannette King. Then the parade promises to be quite good this year. We are pleased to have U. S. Senator Mitch McConnell and his wife Sec. Elaine Chao to participate in our parade. As Minority Leader in the Senate, he holds one of the highest ranking positions in Washington. Kentucky should be very proud to have one of our Senators in this position. Then of course the parade wouldn’t be complete without Adairville’s own State Representative, Martha Jane King. We are very blessed to have someone as dedicated as Martha Jane representing us. She is a hard worker and makes sure her constituents and their interests are heard and addressed in Frankfort. Then the Boys of Broad from Greenville, Ky will close out the festivities on Saturday night.
I asked everyone to give me their best Strawberry Festival memory and no one has responded. So, I will give you some of mine. One being the year, Mrs. Genevieve Savage asked me to be the girl at Buttermilk Springs on the float with Jackson and Dickinson. It was so much fun getting dressed in a 1800’s dress and being on the float. Every year that you had a boyfriend, riding the ferris wheel and stealing a kiss when you were at the top. Then during your teenage years, the very favorite part was on Friday night when the Monarchs played. The street would be packed with people dancing. It seems kids today don’t love dancing like we did. But they have more things to do today than we did too. I can still in my mind hear Bobby Davis singing “My Girl” and dancing cheek to cheek with your current boyfriend. And then there was Jimmy Warden beating out “Wipe Out” on the drums. Such good memories. I certainly hope the young people today are making memories to share when they get old.
A hui hou kāko
“May the road rise up to meet you
May the wind be always at your back
May the sun shine warm upon your face
And the rain fall soft upon your fields
And until we meet again
May God hold you in the palm of his hand”