As fall arrives across Missouri, we are greeted with the familiar changing colors of the leaves, the brisk autumn air and signs of the harvest. Here in the 33rd District, this time of year presents numerous opportunities for fellowship throughout our communities as we come together for annual fairs, picnics and parades.
These events speak to the true nature of life in the Ozarks. Friends, communities and families coming together to support one another and give each other the opportunity to highlight what they do best. Food and craft vendors line the streets, and many times our streets are filled with more people enjoying the event than live in our communities. These events give us the opportunity to come together to share, reminisce and create new memories.
Over the last few weeks, I have had the pleasure to attend several festivals, including the 34th Annual Norwood Farmer’s Day on Sept. 27. This festival included a children’s parade, which I am told was a sight to see. I was arrived a little later in the day and was too late to see it. I was also very impressed with the groups of students who worked hard to plan their own fundraising booths for the event. They put in the time and effort to prepare items for sale in their booths, with little to no help from their parents. A group of students also stood proudly and sang the National Anthem, their talents and respect for our nation and its flag was inspiring.
With multiple festivals going on every weekend in the Ozarks, it is hard to attend them all. Each is unique in its own right and I look forward to experiencing as many as possible.
As always, I appreciate it when groups from around Missouri and from our community back home come to visit me at the Capitol. If you would like to arrange a time to come and visit me in Jefferson City, or if you ever have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact my Capitol office at (573) 751-1882.