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The year’s almost half over

Published: Thursday, June 26, 2014 11:25 a.m. CDT

It seems like it was just yesterday I was freezing my toes off and now it is about ready to turn into July. The cold, cold winter turned into a nice wet spring.

Now we get all the mosquitos and humidity that go with the wet and hot of summer. That’s the good thing about Iowa, you get a change of seasons whether you like it or not.

Fourth of July

We’re about a week away from the Fourth of July. Creston will have its usual full day or two of activities, complete with parade and a nice fireworks show to end the evening. We will have a complete rundown of all the festivities in the CNA next week.

The festivities start off with the 5K run/walk and half marathon on July 3. It is the first year for the event and looks like it should be a fun event if you like to run or walk.

Your Fourth of July barbecue will cost a bit more this year if you are planning on beef or pork on your holiday menu. Both meats have hit all time highs this past week. Lucky the interest rates are low...you might have to take out a small loan to buy a package of steaks!

Party in the Park

The Creston Party in the Park last Saturday was a big success. It was a good turnout and a nice evening was had by all. I always work in the back taking care of all the musicians “wants.” This year was the easiest year ever.

Of the dozen musicians, only a couple of them even drank. I served more water and ice tea than anything. The gang really enjoyed the pulled pork. I could barely keep up with all the sandwich making. They loved Crestonians Chris Lane’s pork and Aaron Chapman’s BBQ sauce.

I even gave the 7 Bridges band the leftover BBQ sauce to take back to Nashville with them.

Water everywhere

I made a trip east to Dubuque last week for a meeting. Boy did I hit some big storms. The thunder, lightning and rain went full speed all night long as I stayed there. I went down by the Mississippi River and it was out of its banks and the current looked to be going about 50 mph.

I think the rains from the past four weeks got Iowa out of its drought stage. Now let’s just hope the rain gods don’t give up on the rest of the summer and give us a little rain now and then to keep the crops moving in the right direction.

Football tickets

I read where the “Big House” in Michigan may not be a sell out this year due to a number of changes — price of the student ticket being a big one. The student body at Michigan is looking to drop from 20,000 per game down to 13,000 per game. The stadium has been sold out since 1971.

Nebraska is in the same boat with the athletic department advertising for season ticket buyers for first time in more than 50 years. The Nebraska stadium has been sold out a nation leading 52 years dating back to 1961.

The high cost of tickets and the advent of large high definition television has made it much easier to stay at home on game days. Plus with the television networks dictating when the games will be televised, it has been harder for the fans to plan for games.

There are a lot of games that the time is not announced until the Sunday before the Saturday game. Nebraska even has an 8 p.m. game this year that won’t get done until about midnight or after. What’s up with that! College football better like the TV money, because it is going to put a lot of empty seats in stadiums over the next few years.

Thought for the week: As you are sitting down to your holiday picnic: Miss Piggy once said, “Never eat more than you can lift!”

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