The Sweetcorn and Watermelon Festival is no more. I am kind of sad to see it go since it has been around since I was a young child, but it is past time for a change.

The mere name conjures hokey inbreds having a hootenanny. Don’t get me wrong, we are a rural community. I appreciate a hootenanny as much as the next guy, but such an event doesn’t convey the best image for a community trying to grow and attract business/residents.

I’m not sure how well a Scarecrow Festival will change that perception, but at least our community members are making change.

I do see opportunity with the new version of the city’s fall festival. There are plans in the works for something in addition to what will already be going on. I won’t reveal it just yet, but it should be fun.