Marigold Days, cooler temps, pending harvest just ahead
Did you feel the coolness when you left the house last Thursday? Our weather’s beginning to change from the dog days of summer to the crispness of Canadian fronts pushing into our neck of the woods.
With Labor Day behind us and Marigold Days this weekend, there’ll be plenty of family fun for those who’ve anxiously put COVID-19 behind them. The quiet village of Mantorville will come alive with activities.
Food, flowers, dancing in the streets, fireworks, baseball a flea market, parade and a 5k Run/Walk and fun will make the 56th Annual Marigold Days a place to be Saturday and Sunday.
One never knows what one will see when traveling the back roads of our county. Last Wednesday as I was delivering papers around town I noticed an old car. I mean a 1924 Ford Model T roadster puttin’ along the Highway 14 frontage road in Byron. I pulled over and spoke with its proud owner Clay Bulow of Claremont. He informed me that the ’24 Model T had made a trip to Missouri in June and numerous trips around the area.
He told me that it was the least expensive Ford at the time — $250. When I offered $300 (a tidy profit back in 1924), he just leaned back and chuckled.
Cars and people like Clay are unique.
Last Friday night was the kick off to the high school football season. In fact, gridiron action between Kasson-Mantorville’s KoMets and Byron Bears was the first contest for both teams. Rain early Friday did not dampen the crowd’s enthusiasm. These Hiawatha Valley League rivals were a matchup that’s anticipated by players, coaches and fans alike.
As the 80s give way to the 70s and 60s the corn and soybean farmers will begin to combine their crops. It will be anyone’s guess as to yield. With a hot, dry summer with stingy rainfall and heavier rain totals in recent weeks, the corn and beans may disappoint pickers.
If it’s a so-so harvest or one for the records, we will have survived another summer without severe weather...no tornadoes, damaging hail or huge straightline winds.
In order to succeed, you must know what you are doing, like what you are doing, and believe in what you are doing.”