Thursday, October 19, 2006
Saturday was a fabulous day for outside activities.
Andy and I first drove to the Woods Family Farm on Rabbit Ridge Road for the 10th annual Marshall County Forestry Field Day.
We registered for a drawing for a new rifle. I haven’t received the call yet about winning. I’m still waiting. Tommy Woods and his crew were busy cooking and serving up barbecue.
The program and tour focused on the topic, “Stewardship - The Effective Integration of Wildlife, Trees and Cattle.” It was provided by the Marshall County Forestry Association and Marshall County Cattleman’s Association.
It was a beautiful setting for an extremely worthwhile Field Day. Thanks to everyone who helps organize and conduct this annual event.
Andy and I also walked to the adjacent western village when we noticed Frank Swords and his Percherons.
There we met some members of the Mississippi River Rangers, who were busy shooting and enjoying the sunny day. According to the group’s website, the club has more than 100 members, and as Andy and I found out Saturday, most have “old west” nicknames. Their shooting site even has a fitting name, the Town of Gunsite. The town includes the marshal’s office, the blacksmith shop, the hotel and more. Thanks to the “residents” for their hospitality.
From the Forestry Field Day, we drove to Byhalia for the 25th annual White Oak Festival, hosted by the Byhalia Sports Association and the Byhalia Lions Club.
As we walked onto Church Street, we quickly realized the crowd was as big if not bigger than ever before. We arrived in time to see some of the entertainment, including groups from the Byhalia schools, plus the karaoke contest.
One of the great things about any event such as this is the socializing. It brings together folks from all walks of life from throughout Marshall County, plus many from outside the area, too.
We had to eat, of course. Nothing compares to festival food. There was barbecue, corn dogs, funnel cakes, turkey legs, catfish, hamburgers – just about anything a person could want. We decided on catfish, and it was very good.
Andy and I walked up to our South Reporter/Pigeon Roost News office in downtown Byhalia (above PattyCakes). From the upstairs window, there was a great view of the day’s activities. Church Street was filled with fun for families, people of all ages.
This event continues to exemplify tremendous community spirit and volunteerism. Lots of folks were working extremely hard, and for free. I know the planning will start soon for the 26th annual White Oaks Festival.
I got good reports Saturday, too, from other festivals and outside activities in the county. Unfortunately, Andy and I could not make them all.
We caught part of the first half of the Alabama versus Ole Miss game, listened to it on the radio on the drive back to Holly Springs and then saw the second half on TV. We’re split, you know – me for the Tide and Andy for the Rebels. He watched downstairs. I watched upstairs.
Everyone remained relatively calm at the Burleson household. I’ve learned as I get older that there are a lot more important things than getting upset over any football game.
The Southeastern Conference contest was really what I expected – close, very close. I had told someone the score would be probably 14-13, and the winner was anybody’s guess. I wasn’t far off, at least on the point spread. Alabama won 26-23 in OT. Both teams saw improvement, according to their head coaches, but both are still struggling in a lot of ways. There are several SEC teams that are very evenly-matched.
I hope you enjoyed your Saturday. There was lots to do, right here in Marshall County.
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