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The Fair

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The Fair

I’m so proud to share this from THEKITCHENSGARDEN… Cecilia captures in photographs and words what makes our ‘small town’ so special… Barbara

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Every year our little local town, a small town with a big heart, hosts a local fair. show-032

The Fair has been going on for more than 160 years now.  The side shows are deliciously gaudy and the food is inedible on the street,  but that is what it is all about and there is a whole hall filled with pickles and cakes and breads and vegetables for the judging ( I hope to visit them tomorrow) , but there is a charm and deep local presence that makes this a very special day.  show-015The people who show their animals with such pride are also nodding with gratitude to a fecund  past filled with glory and vigor.  There is an iron clad connection straight back through almost 200 years of the very same event.  This is where small town America will not give up.  It has taken a beating but refuses to lie down…

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A Great Place To Live

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The GFWC IL Woman's Club decorated the Village Signs on each side of town!

The GFWC IL Woman’s Club decorated the Village Signs on each side of town!

My posts have become few and far between.  I don’t have as much free time to write as I would like, at least nothing worth reading.  I haven’t had much time to fix dinner either, my son can attest to this, some weeks two nights out of seven are becoming the norm.

What have I been doing?  Learning how to be a Village President.  I have a lot to learn.  Some days I feel as though I’m living a Country Western Song… there are ‘dogs’, ‘pickup trucks’,  ‘squabbling  neighbors’, and ‘skunks’, and not dead ones in the middle of the road either. <I’m dating myself>

However, I have also been learning why it is so great to live in a ‘small town’. It’s the people!

For reference sake take a look at the list below… <I’ve probably forgotten some> These groups, churches, and the people who are involved with them, make Cullom the special place it is!

American Legion

American Legion Auxiliary

American Legion Jr. Auxiliary

Charlotte Plan-It’s 4-H Club

Citizens for Cullom

Cullom Beckman Memorial Library

Cullom Co-Ed 4-H Club

Cullom Community Owned Market

Cullom Fire Protection District

Cullom Food Pantry

Cullom HCE Unit

Cullom Senior Citizens Group

Cullom United Methodist Church

GFWC IL Woman’s Club of Cullom

Sons of American Legion

St. John Roman Catholic Church

St. John’s Lutheran Church

Tri-Point Boosters

When I look at this list… I see men and women who honor our veterans and senior citizens, mentor and provide funds for our children.  People who work to nurture our bodies, minds and souls, keep us protected and provide entertainment.  I think this is quite impressive for a town of 600 people!

No, it’s not a ‘perfect’ town… however, it really is a nice place to live.  I’m thankful, and so grateful to be called ‘Mayor’.

Ladies of the Cullom HCE Unit's decorations at the corner of Hack & Oak Street.

Ladies of the Cullom HCE Unit’s decorations at the corner of Hack & Oak Street.

Once again, I’ll recommend the website to learn more about our ‘Small Town’  http://www.cullomillinois.com/

Later… Barbara