8/4 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

It's not too early to talk about one of my favorite summer happenings. The Polk County Fair is celebrating a very special Barnyard Party, and all of the activities are scheduled Aug. 12-15 at the fairgrounds in Rickreall.

This year, for the first time, the Polk County Fair Book is only available online at www.co.polk.or.us/fair. Be sure to check out the Web site and discover how you can get involved as a volunteer or exhibitor, or just to enjoy the fun and many of the joys of summer.

The deadline for registering for the talent competition is Thursday, Aug. 5, at 5 p.m. The talent show is one of the most fun and entertaining events of the summer -- for the participants and those of us who enjoy the competition that showcases many very talented performers from right here in MI Town and Polk County. Entry forms and all the information are available on the Web site.


Everyday Prophets will bring their talents to Main Street Park in Monmouth this evening (Wednesday, Aug. 4) beginning at 7 o'clock. Pack up a picnic basket, or get something good to eat and drink at the park, and join us for a fun summertime evening of reggae music.


The Independence Riverview Amphitheater movie this week will be "Imagine That" on Thursday, Aug. 5, beginning at dusk. The Dimes are appearing Friday evening, Aug. 6, at 7:30 for the weekly music in the park event. Bring a picnic supper or purchase food items at the amphitheater and enjoy movies, music and a good time in the park.


Last week's I-O editorial struck a familiar note for many of us in MI Town and reminds us yet again that our state senators and representatives, as well as our local council members and mayors, are representing us -- you and me, the people next door, the family down the block, and the folks who want to succeed in a small business endeavor.

We aren't looking for golden rewards, pie-in-the-sky ideas, or someone to show us how to tie our shoes or cut up our food.

What most of us would like to see are job opportunities for everyone, enough funding for schools to operate efficiently and provide our children the best education possible in these distressing economic times, and other worthy and worthwhile programs both in MI Town and statewide.


Don't forget the Monmouth Community Breakfast Saturday, Aug. 7, at the Monmouth Senior Center beginning at 8:30 a.m. Bring your appetites and enjoy seeing old friends and making new ones. The portions are generous and the prices are reasonable -- $5 for adults, $3 for children under 12. And don't forget to stop by Crafter's Corner to see what's new.


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