As summer starts to settle in and the temperature rises, it also signals the start of the summer festival season. And the second week in July always means the start of the Heart of Illinois Fair. For many years I volunteered in the Foods/Textiles building and even served a stint as the Superintendent of these wonderful competitions. When my full-time job made it impossible for me to devote the time and energy needed, I, with much thought and consideration and a bit of sadness, stepped down. The good side of this is that I can now enter in the competition, which I love. And what is even better is that my granddaughter Lainey also competes. I am glad to see that she is following in grandma’s footsteps!
Happy July, everyone! My oh my, this year seems to be moving along too quickly! The growing season is finally in full swing here in Central Illinois. Here are a few pictures from my backyard and front porch.