I hear all too many times, there is nothing to do in our smaller towns. Honestly, I could find something to do almost every night of the week.
I realize different people have different interests, but I would think there is something for everyone. We have a beautifully kept golf course in Manila for those who like to golf; we have Big Lake, Mallard and St. Francis for those who like to fish; we have football games about to begin which will be followed with basketball. It is nice to support the teams in our towns. Every town has a nice park facility and most have walking trails. Manila has a water park for the summer and Lake City has a splash pad kids enjoy. Fall ball and soccer is about to begin.
We have the annual Leachville Harvest Festival with a great line up of entertainment, games, vendors, and much more coming up on Sept. 1. It will kick off on Friday night with entertainment at the bandstand. Leachville's Harvest Festival is over 30 years old. Committee members have worked hard and there will be lots of prizes, games, entertainment and fun.
Watch the schedule for some great shows at the newly renovated Melody Theater in Leachville. They offer some wonderful shows right in our back door. The Manila Museum Committee offers a free concert on the third Thursday of each month at the Main Street Museum.
Manila is hosting a huge cross country run at the Big Lake Country Club on Aug. 28. Schools from all over will have teams competing.
Manila Lions Club is making plans for their annual Chili Cook-off on Oct. 6. Moving Manila Forward recently sponsored a barbecue cook-off with lots of activities. Lake City hosts a Spring Fest each year.
A benefit auction is coming up in the near future in Caraway. Caraway also hosts the annual Fourth of July picnic each year with entertainment, booths and prizes. Also each year there is a Buckin' of the Bulls event to benefit St. Jude in Caraway.
Monette has a Night Out each year for the community to enjoy.
I am just hitting a few of the community activities from the different towns across Buffalo Island.
I am a firm believer in supporting our towns. I agree we don't have movie theaters on every corner but during the past summer a group, the pilots association, offered free movies once a month at the Manila Airport. The public was welcome. Unfortunately not too many people took advantage of the movies.
All of our towns will have Christmas parades and other activities for the holidays coming up.
There are times when we just like to stay home and that is okay, but we should not blame it on “nothing to do.”
If we don't participate and volunteer to help with the activites, eventually there really will not be anything going on.
I have never lived in a big city but I have visited many of them. The lines are long, the traffic is horrible, and the people are in such a hurry, they don't have time to even say hello or smile as they walk by. I like to visit, but I like to come home to Buffalo Island.
Let's all do our best to support the activities that people work so hard to put together.
These things don't just happen, people work long hours to organize the events and sponsors give generously. We get the easy part, we just have to show up and enjoy.
Hope everyone has a good Labor Day Weekend. It is the last three day weekend of the year when we can be fairly confident the weather will still be good.