A Turn of Events

Staring out, the world looked bleak; winter was upon us and so far showed no sign of mercy. My skin prickled ashundreds ofminute white flakesskirted about, melting on contact on my warm body.Theonly protection against the harsharctic temperatures was athin tattered shirt and a pair of worn blue jeans, attirevery inappropriate for such unfavorable conditions that seemed to plague us these nights of late. Iforced myself through the battering winds towards what used to be home; there was little to nothing left aside from the remains of aonce prosperous village. I cringed at the memory of my former home; it had once been gorgeous, foliage of all kinds sprouting about in every corner, the sky shades of colors that you wouldn't even have imagined possible.

My house was one of the larger in the area, housing six growing kids and the mayor of our little town, not to mention our mother. Being the oldest of the children, all the responsibilities of taking care of my younger siblings fell on me. Soon my temperament adjusted to the constant cries and arguments of those in my care; I was no longer quick to anger and heard out each and every issue thinking everything through. As my brother, only two years younger than me, grew to be a young man at the age of sixteen, my father relieved my responsibilities and gave them to him. As for me, that wasn't the break I'd been expecting. No, as the mayor's oldest, I was to study with my father. Some would protest that a woman is not to be in such a place of power, even as limited power it is. My father thought otherwise, he was training me to take his stead.

I soon grew distant from my siblings as my father began to separate me from them, as he began to raise me a different daughter. My brother grew to resent me, hating me for taking the limelight from him. Everyone thought that he would be the one to take over for my father, being the oldest boy. When his succession was announced, shock rang throughout our little town. "No. Not Mia." "She's not even grown." "She's way too young." "She's a woman, no not even a woman, a girl." This is what I heard for the first few months. Finally, my father stepped down and let me take full control while he was still able to observe and recommend, and mend in the case of failure. Low and behold, failure never comes when you want it to; it has it's own schedule. Pulling me out of my memories,a cool hand rested on my shoulder and I turned around, knowing all too well who it was. "Kiam." I let out a sigh of relief, glad that he'd managed to sneak away. Lately his father had been so keen on keeping him indoors, out of the unforgiving weather. I wrapped my arms around him and held him close, grateful for his warmth and comfort in this time of need.

Somehow, his eyes always seemed to have a certain gleam to them, almost like diamonds in the night. "Thanks for coming; I know it's hard for you to get away." I smiled to myself, still wrapped up in his arms.

 

He pulled me away from him, "It's not a problem, you're worth it." He smiled at me and then looked away. "Kiam, what is it?" I knew that look; he was hiding something.

 

"My father thinks that you're the reason for the current conditions of the weather. He thinks it's a bad omen to have a woman in control." His eyes would not meet mine, and that bothered me.

"You don't believe that, do you?" I knew he didn't, but I wanted him to say it. I wanted him to look at me.

"Mia, of course I don't." He sighed and continued, "He told me that I wasn't to see you anymore. He told me that you were bad luck to any that had contact with you."

"Well that's silly. That's like saying all the people of my town are cursed because of me. If that were the case, it wouldn't be the entire region suffering from this terrible weather." My heart was racing. I'd just gotten over this not a year ago in my own home, now it was coming back. In the event of my father's death, I'd taken over and kept the town together. And they were questioning me. It didn't make any sense.

"Mi, I know it is. I know. You're a strong woman, I know that." He smiled, bending down to kiss me. Suddenly, Kiam withdrew a small box from his pocket and slipped a ring out of it, placing it on my finger. "Marry me?" He looked expectantly at me, worry etched on his face.

"Kiam…." I didn't know what to say. I smiled at him and said, "You know I want to, but is this really the right time?"

"Mia, this is the perfect time. My father plans to set a raid on your entire town and kill all of you. I won't give you up. If you're married, and have a man 'in charge,' maybe he'll back off." He took my hand and squeezed it, "Not to mention I love you. Besides, you'll still be in charge, I'll just be the public face." He let out a soft laugh, knowingall to well I'dsay yes.

 

 

The Redneck Olympics: Athletic Events for the Rest of Us

Rednecks don't care too much for them reg'lar Olympic events, so they've invented some of their own. You don't need any fancy-schmancy rings, balance beams, or bars for any of these events, just some good old-fashioned mud, toilet seats, and cigarettes.

Make a mud pit in your lawn, keep a waterhose handy, collect a few items from your trash and the dump, and you're ready for your own Olympic events. Invite your neighbors over for exciting events like the wet T-shirt, cigarette flipping, and big hair contests for the ladies, and the mud pit belly flop and toilet-seat toss for the fellas. In place of a discus, try practicing hurling a hubcap to see how far you can make it go. These are all bona fide 'lympic events of the Redneck Games that take place in East Dublin, Georgia every year.

However, I think it would be fun to invent redneck games of your own. You could always go truck boat muddin' (which I didn't really invent; it's a favorite pastime of the characters on the Adult Swim show "Squidbillies"), which involves hooking your favorite boat onto the back of your favorite truck and taking them for a spin in your local mudhole. You can try your hand at the "trucker hat toss", trying to toss your favorite trucker hat onto a stick in the mud; riding lawnmower racing; beer can crushing (crushing as many beer cans on your forehead as you can in a certain amount of time), hog wrestling' (or "rasslin", as it's called around these parts), or you can have a good ol' fashioned pissin' contest (do I need to explain this one?) Prizes given away could be cases of light beer, works of art like taxidermy, and toolkits.

It's pretty sad that I can come up with this stuff, but I guess if you live in the South, you've got to be able to spot a redneck and learn about their culture. (They don't take too kindly to non-redneck types, so you've got to learn to avoid them). I wouldn't be surprised at all to see any of the above-referenced contests going on in small towns around here at any given time, since there just really isn't that much to do, and rednecks have to get creative with what they've got. And what they've got are farming tools and supplies, beer, animals, beer, pieces of appliances, beer, mud, and beer. So they manage to keep themselves pretty well entertained.

And I just have to say it: You might be a redneck if… you've ever taken part in any of the events listed above.

SOURCES: wikipedia.com article on Redneck Games

 

Buffalo Film Events from March 14 to March 20, 2020

Monday March 14

The Screening Room will be having a "Documentary and Discussion" night with the showing of the documentary film "The Beautiful Truth." At the conclusion of the movie, there will be an open discussion on the film's topic of eating healthy and living a more natural lifestyle. The film starts at 7:00 p.m. Admission is $5.00 per person.

Tuesday March 15

The Screening Room presents a special showing of the Buster Keaton classic comedy "The General." It is a romantic comedy set in the Civil War era. The film begins at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5.00.

Wednesday March 16

The Regal Transit Center 18 & IMAX presents the opera "Iphigenie en Tauride" as performed at the Metropolian Opera in New York City. This an encore broadcast of a previously recorded performance from March 16, 2020. The showing begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $18.00 per person.

Thursday March 17

The Regal Elmwood Center is part of a special one-week only showing of the "Lord of the Dance 3D" that opens in selected theaters throughout the country. The showings are at 1:30 p.m., 4:05 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 9:20 p.m. Admission for the 1:30 p.m. and 4:05 p.m. showings is $11.50 for adults and children and $11.00 for seniors. Admission for the 6:45 p.m. and 9:20 p.m. showings is $13.50 for adults, $11.50 for children and $11.00 for seniors.

Friday March 18

The New Angola Theatre opens its showing of the Adam Sandler comedy "Just Go With It" with a 7:00 p.m. premier showing. Admission is $6.50 for adults and $5.00 for children and seniors.

The Amherst Theatre presents a special performance of the works of the great Russian composer Tchaikovsky in a film entitled "All Russian." The Philadelphia Orchestra plays along with some of the greatest musicians in the world in this special theater event. The performance begins at 2:00 p.m. Admission is $15.00 per person.

Saturday March 19

The Riviera Theatre continues its series of Saturday children's movies with a showing of the animated feature "Tangled." The movie is a take on the fairy tale of Rapunzel and her long hair. The movie starts at 12:30 p.m. Admission is $2.00 per person.

The Hamburg Palace will be holding a special screening of the documentary film "Gasland, which depicts the damage Americans have done to the environment with toxic waste. The movie begins at 3:00 p.m. Admission is $5.50 for adults and $4.50 for children and seniors.

The Palace Theatre presents its annual Stoogefest film festival. The event features six Three Stooges comedy short films along with merchandise for sale. The event starts at 7:00 p.m. Admission is $7.00 per person.

Sunday March 20

The Regal Transit Center 18 & IMAX presents "Carmen 3D." This is an adaptation of the famous opera performed by singers from all over the world presented in full 3D and digital sound. The showing begins at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are $12.00 for adults and children, and $11.50 for seniors.

 

Iowa City News and Events

People often ask me, "How can I get more people to my local business?" The answer is often simple, and I've been working hard on a new solution for Iowa City.

For years my company, Chrono, LC, and I operated Muscazine, and online e-zine featuring news and opinion articles from the Muscatine County area. Now, we've expanded to the Iowa City area, to feature Iowa City News, upcoming events, reviews of local nightlife hot spots, restaurant guides, and more to attract local readers.

We even have our own proprietary software backing up our entire system. We've developed a unique new engine, offering comments, subscriptions, email updates, picture galleries, search, SEO, and beyond. All of this has been developed by our own team, too, to give our users the sense that they are interacting with something unique.

We are even working on partnering with local businesses to offer unique prizes unavailable elsewhere. Our contest will encourage readers to interact with our news, with scavenger hunts, trivia, and more. We even have an extremely fun promotion that involves sending readers out into Iowa city with a map and instructions on how to find clues!

Advertising exposure is a benefit we offer to business owners. All business owners would like to see more customers, and we offer some of the lowest advertising rates available. By sponsoring a vertical banner or box advertisement businesses can connect with local readers unlike anywhere else.

The Owl, the name of our new website, strives to bring our readers with the information they might not find elsewhere, hopefully fulfilling every niche reading need possible, by covering many of the events and activities that might be 'too small' for other organizations. The Owl, you see, is not paper, and we don't have to stick to the same strict word limits imposed by newspaper editors. So I encourage you to visit us, subscribe, and enjoy all our Iowa City news website has to offer!

 

Porsches 2 Oxford 2020 Event

On the last weekend of July from Cincinnati to Dayton you will notice Porsches driving along the highways heading to one destination. July 25th marks the annual return of the Porsches 2 Oxford event in Oxford Ohio. Porsches 2 Oxford 2020 marks the fourth year for the Oxford event. With cobblestone streets, and Home of Miami College , Oxford is the perfect place for the German Engineered sports cars to assemble for a casual Porsche Party.

Registration has already bypassed previous years as the word has spread about the event.Spend time with old friends and make new one while enjoying the excellence in engineering on these German Beauties'. Restaurants and shops line the square for you to enjoy some of the great local products the town has to offer. Come early on Saturday morning to enjoy a pancake breakfast put on by the local Kiwanis Club. For $ 7.00 get a hot breakfast and support the local children's charities supported by the Kiwanis.

The show gets bigger every year as the Porsche enthusiasts gather and enjoy the commodore of fellow Porsche lovers. What better way to raise money for The American Cancer Society than having a Porsche party? From a Vintage 356 to a brand new Porsche cayenne, what ever your brand of Porsche, you are sure to find it at this event. The best part of the show is being able to get an up close look at some of Porsche models that you have always dreamed about. It is the premiere Porsche event in the area for the year.

The downtown streets are closed off to traffic during the show hours starting AT 6:00 AM. There is plenty food and beverages to relax and enjoy the local food while watching the Porsches roll into town. At 4:30 the Porsches line up and get ready to cruise out of town. Don't miss the opportunity to witness the longest moving line of Porsches in Ohio as the classics leave the show and head to nearby Houston Woods.Plan on staying the weekend and attend a road rally on Sunday morning put on by Scenic Road Rallies.

The drive to and from Oxford is as fun as the show itself with just you and your Porsche on the scenic back roads.Bring your Porsche or satisfy your desires by admiring these classic beauties lined throughout the town. I will see you there. For more event information and lodging check out their website at Porsches2Oxford.com.

 

The Six Best Sporting Events

I grew up playing sports and watching sports on TV and live. Sports have always been an important part of my life and they always will be. There are many awesome sporting events taking place every day. Racing of all sorts, cars, horses, motorcycles and bikes are all worthy of recognition. Stick and ball sports are tops for me, as you will see by this list.

Super Bowl -Football

This is easily my favorite sport event of the year, regardless of which teams are playing. Of course its better when my team is in it–and since they have 6 Super Bowl wins, they are in it more than most (Go Steelers!). Super Bowl Sunday!! And as opposed as I am to ever watching commercials, the Super Bowl commercials are generally worth watching.

Stanley Cup Finals -Hockey

I love ice hockey. The toughness, the hits, the stylish goals and speed of the game make it one of the best sports to watch, especially live. The Stanley Cup winner truly is the best hockey team of the year. If you have never been to a live NHL game, give it a try. Hockey is addicting and its an easy way to get your aggressive feelings out without ever having to do anything other than watch a tough NHL game.

World Series -Baseball

Baseball can be a little boring sometimes, but the excitement created by the World Series is enough to wake you up. A 7 game series between the best National League team and the top American League team…who gets to pop the champagne this year?

World Cup -Soccer

This sport may not be anywhere near as big in America as it is around the world, but even American's get caught up in World Cup when our team is competing. Soccer will never be our top sport, but the World Cup is a great sporting event! The women's team once again led us all onto their bandwagon s they made the World Cup Finals. Though this time they lost to Japan , it was still an exciting and emotional game.

Daytona 500 -NASCAR Sprint Cup

Many folks make fun of NASCAR, but my guess is that they have never been to an actual NASCAR Sprint Cup race. The Daytona 500 is how NASCAR kicks off its season, and they call it the Super Bowl of NASCAR. Winning the Daytona 500 puts you in a special class of driver's, and every NASCAR driver dreams of winning this race.

Iditarod -Dog Sled Race

It's known as the "last great race on Earth". It is an 1150 mile race in Alaska that takes competitors 9-12 days to complete. As hard as it is on the musher's, it's certainly more difficult on the sled dogs doing most of the work. This sport is not for the faint of heart.


Source: Author's opinion

 

More News from Microsoft’s X06 Event in Barcelona

Following on the tail of the groundbreaking X06 reports, Microsoft announces a slew of new reasons for Xbox 360 owners to rejoice. It was revealed today, (though it wasn’t ever really a secret) that the sequel to the critically renowned Project Gotham Racing 3 is in the works. The title offers almost no possibility of disappointment, as it is made by the same developers, Bizarre Creations, that made the previous three installments.

In other announcements, British developer Rare announced that they will be bringing their much cherished platformer Banjo Kazooie to the Xbox 360 complete with next generation visuals and all the same personality and fun that has become Rare’s signature. No official release date has been announced although it is speculated that it may release sometime in 2020.

Possibly the biggest announcement of the event for nostalgic first person shooter fans, was the announcement that the classic FPS Doom will see release on Xbox Live Arcade today. While this was not unexpected, the news that the game will be updated to feature four-player co-op as well as four-player deathmatch.

Wannabe rockers will also have reason for mirth and merriment today as Microsoft announced that the sequel to Red Octane’s superlative Guitar Hero will be coming to the Xbox 360. Downloadable content is also confirmed to be released on . The 360 version will also get a new form of the guitar hero axe called the X-plorer. The 360 version is slated to be released sometime next year, the Playstation 2 version will see release this November.

 

Spring Festivals and Events in Greater Waverly-Shell Rock, Iowa

When it comes to springtime everyone can agree they are ready to get out and do something. The Waverly-Shell Rock, Iowa area has a wealth of opportunities for you and your family to enjoy some springtime weather with events, music, and parades. I am excited to provide details for a couple of different springtime events in the Waverly-Shell Rock, Iowa area.

Each year, Shell Rock, Iowa's Music Association puts on a Spring Swing Show. It is a combination of choir, big band, and skits that keep people coming back time and again. Aside from four years, the Swing Show has performed each spring since 1965. The theme for the 2020 Swing Show is 'Let the Good Times Roll'. Evening show times will be April 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, and 21 at 7:30pm with matinees available on Sunday April 15 at 1:15 and 3:30pm.

In its 47 years, the only place the Spring Swing Show has been held is at the Everson Auditorium in Shell Rock, Iowa Boyd Building. The Boyd Building is located at 303 South Cherry Street in Shell Rock, Iowa. Tickets cost $12 per person and proceeds go to support the local community of Shell Rock, Iowa. To order tickets, you can call (319) 885-6510 or visit the box office. The box office is located at the Shell Rock Public Library in Shell Rock, Iowa; the library is located at 104 N. Cherry Street. The box office hours are from 4:00pm- 5:30pm Sunday through Friday and from 9:00am to 11:00 am on Saturdays. For any additional information please visit http://www.shellrockswingshow.org/.

Waverly, Iowa is long known for hosting one of the mid-west's largest horse sales twice a year. The spring event for 2020 runs March 27- March 31. Four days of tack, equipment, and horse sales that draws people from all walks of life and from all across the country. On Tuesday and Wednesday this year the tack and equipment sales will be held. Thursday and Friday is when the actual horse sales will be occurring. Finally, on Saturday they have a mini sale. All sales take place at the Waverly Sales Barn (2212 5th Ave. NW Waverly, Iowa) and there is no admission for attending any of the events. There is a full catalog available that details all tack, equipment, and horses that will be for sale and what day they will be up for sale. Even if you are not interested in purchasing anything, just being a part of the horse sale is a wonderful springtime adventure. The animals are beautiful and you have an opportunity to meet new people. For more information you can visit the website at http://www.waverlysales.com/index.html.

Works Cited

Shell rock music association. (2020). Retrieved from http://www.shellrockswingshow.org/

Waverly Midwest horse sale. (2020). Retrieved from http://www.waverlysales.com/Horse-sale-info.html

 

Summer 2020 Festivals and Events in Springfield

Looking for something to do this summer? Springfield is hot with festivals, concerts, plays, and more! Use this guide to find fun activities throughout Summer 2020.

Shakespeare in the Park
Do you love Shakespeare? If so, you'll enjoy Much Ado About Nothing under the big sky at Jordan Valley Park. It's a comedy, but probably not the best choice for children under 12. The performances are scheduled Wednesdays-Sundays at 8:15, from May 27-June 7. Admission is free, parking is available downtown in one of the open lots or parking garages. Jordan Valley Park is located at 735 E. Trafficway. For more information, contact them by phone at (417) 831-5233, by email at jeff@theskinnyimprov.com, or check out the website at http://www.theskinnyimprov.com.

Wine tasting at OOVVDA Winery
Are you a wine connoisseur or just enjoy the taste of something new? Check out this free wine tasting event being held from May 29th to June 1st at the OOVVDA Winery. This is a small, family-owned winery with fresh, fruity wines. The Overboe family comes from a long line of Nordic winemakers. Wine-tasting begins at noon and continues until dusk. The winery is located on 5448 N. Berry Lane in Springfield. For more information, please contact them by phone at 417-833-4896, by email info@oovvda.com, or visit their website at http://www.oovvda.com.

IDEA Expo, Innovation at Discovery Center
Are you interested in science or have an idea? Come share your interest with innovation experts from the Jorday Valley Innovation Center and JVIC partners at this free event in downtown Springfield on June 2 from 6 PM until 8 PM. This is a free family outing at the Discovery Center with something for everyone. The Discovery Center has activity centers and hands-on exhibits for all ages. Parking is free in the Discovery Center parking lot at 438 E. St. Louis Street. For more information, contact them by phone at (417) 862-9910, by email at cmccoy@discoverycenter.org, or visit their website at http://www.discoverycenter.org.

Noon Concert Series at Founders Park
Enjoy your lunch with some of Springfield's best entertainers! This musical event is free, just bring your lunch and a chair or blanket for a family picnic with live entertainment. The event is scheduled at 12 PM on June 3rd at Founder's Park at 330 E. Water Street in Springfield. For more information, please call (417) 865-0450, or visit the website at http://www.springfieldmo.gov/founders. Parking is free in the park parking lot.

Bartender Flair Competition Benefit
Not just a bartending competition, but a benefit for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks organization. Bring your friends to Quincy Magoo's at 900 E. Battlefield Street on June 4th for an evening of flashy mixing and great drinks from 8 PM to 11 PM. Admission is $5 barstool or $25 for table of 5. Must be 21 to attend the event. For more information, please contact them by phone at (417) 773-0219 or visit the website at http://www.bigbro.com. Parking is free and available at Quincy Magoo's.

28th Annual Kids Fishing Fun Day
Looking for a kid's event? This sporting event on June 6th is open to kid's ages 3 to 13 at Sportsman Park Center at 2500 E. Kearney St. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The event is free, but children must supply their own fishing gear and bait. There are two start times, one at 8:30 AM and another at 9:30 AM. For more information, contact them at (417) 864-1332 or visit the Springfield/Greene County parks website at http://www.parkboard.org for registration forms.

Summer Solstice Solar-bration
Don't miss this sunny event at the Discovery Center on Friday, June 19 (9 AM to 8 PM) and Saturday, June 20 (10 AM to 5 PM). This event focuses on how cultures throughout the world celebrate the sun with story-tellers, special activities, exhibits, and information about sun safety and solar power. Admission prices are $9 for adults, $8 for seniors, and $7 for children ages 3 through 15. The Discover Center is located at 438 E. St. Louis Street and parking is free. For more information, please visit their website at http://www.discoverycenter.org or call (417) 862-9910.

8th Annual SnowFest
Snow in summer? You betcha! Bring your kids to this free winter wonderland festival at Jordan Valley Park in downtown. SnowFest is scheduled June 20 from 4 PM until 9 PM. There will be live music, games, and giveaways. Jordan Valley Park is located at 635 E. Trafficway St. Parking is available nearby in one of the open lots or parking garages. For additional information, please call (417) 866-7444 or visit the website at http://www.icepark.org.

FOG The Greater Ozarks Butterfly Festival
Do you like butterflies? You won't want to miss this festival in honor of the new Butterfly House at Nathanael Greene Park/Close Memorial Park. The event is free and will take place on Saturday, July 11 (10 AM to 4 PM) and Sunday, July 12, 2020 (11 AM to 4 PM). There will be garden tours and activities. Kids will love interacting with the butterflies at this event. The park is located at 2400 S. Scenic and offers plenty of free parking. Visit their website at http://www.parkboard.org or call (417) 864-1049.

Ozark Empire Fair
This annual event is a must! The largest annual fair in the Ozarks, it offers everything from rides, concerts, motor sports, livestock shows and competitions, exhibits, food, and special performances. The fair is scheduled from July 31 through August 9 at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds located at 3001 N. Grant Avenue.

Admission prices at the gate are $6 for adults, $2 for children ages 6 to 12, and children 5 and under are free. Parking is available at the fairgrounds for $4. Fair hours are from 11 AM to 11 PM, the midway opens at 1 PM. Concert headliners include The Beach Boys (July 31), Raven Symone (August 1), Little River Band (August 4), and Montgomery Gentry (August 6). Discounts on tickets are typically offered by local businesses in July. For more information call (417) 833-2660 or visit the website at http://www.ozarkempirefair.com.

6th Annual Moonlight Bike Ride
Would you like to bike under the stars? If so, be sure to attend this starry cycling event in downtown Springfield. Cyclists will meet at the Discovery Center on August 22 for a tour of downtown, then return to the Center for food and music. Pre-registration is $15 per adult and $10 per children under 12. Registration on the night of the event is $20 for adults and $15 for children under 12. The event starts at 9:30 PM, but be sure to arrive a few minutes early to get your position. The Discovery Center is located at 438 E. St. Louis Street and parking is free. Please call (417) 862-9910 or visit the website at http://www.discoverycenter.org for registration forms.

Southwest Missouri Cattle Baron's Ball
See you at the ball? This special event will be held at the William H. Darr Agricultural Center, located at 2401 S. Kansas Expressway, on Saturday, August 22 from 6:30 PM to 1 AM on Sunday. Come dine, dance, and meet new friends at this special event being held this year in Springfield. There will be Vegas-style gaming, a mechanical bull, quick draw, and more. Tickets range from $300 (pair of tickets) to $10,000 (Oil Baron Table for 10). This event benefits the American Cancer Society. For more ticket information, please visit this website or the main website at http://www.cattlebaronsballswmo.org. You may also contact them by phone at (417) 447-1483.

Source:
Springfield Event Calendar
http://www.springfieldmo.org/calendar_page.asp

 

Thunder on Water Event: Come Enjoy One of Mississippi's Best Attractions

This time of year we always get prepared in our small town of Grenada, Ms. for Grenada Lake's annual "Thunder on Water" event which is fast approaching. This year's festival will be June 8-10 and will take place at beautiful Grenada Lake. We don't get a lot of excitement in a small town such as ours but everyone looks forward to kicking off summer with this event every year. One of the things that is great about it is you can bring the whole family and it's not very expensive. Some of it is free but the things that do cost are not overly priced.

The festival has received a lot of attention since it started. It has been selected as one of the top 20 events in the southeast by Southeastern Tour Society for the month of June for 9 years in a row now!! It is recognized as the 3rd largest event in Mississippi and staffed by 250 volunteers. There was a record 146,000 people in attendance in 2003!

Attractions and events include over 150 arts and crafts vendors, a car, truck, and bike show, a 10k run and 5k walk, children's fishing rodeo, softball tournament, speed boat races, jet ski races, rebel amusement carnival and much more. The entertainment in past years has always been a big drawing factor also. Past acts include many famous names covering various types of music from country to blues. Some of the past acts include Sammy Kershaw, Joe Diffie, Aaron Tippin, Toby Keith, Mark Chestnut, Tracy Lawrence and for the blues fans we have hosted such acts as Mel Waiters, Bobby Rush and Sam Green, Delbert McClinton, Latimore, and the Blues Boys. There is also a "Thunder on Water" pageant held during the festivities to crown a Mr. and Mrs. Thunder on Water and includes age groups from infant up to 18 years of age.

We would love for anyone to come and visit our town for this exciting event. The finale of the festival which usually takes place at about 9:00 p.m. midway through all the fun is the $25,000.00 Zambelli fireworks extravanganza that takes place over Grenada Lake. It truly is breathtaking and the kids love the endless fireworks displayed in the sky. It can be seen from miles and miles around and is a tradition of the festival. I plan on attending and taking my family and would like to welcome anyone to come share in the experience this year as Grenada gets ready for another round of "Thunder on Water".