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Just July bits and pieces

Thanks to all of you who had ideas about the safe (for them) removal of chipmunks.

I believe I will try a few including expanding foam in the hole by our patio, and if that doesn’t work, maybe a live trap to catch the little fellow and release him elsewhere – a long, long way from home.

Another hot week is “sweating” by. Thanks to the heat and humidity, it has been pretty uncomfortable if you have to be outside for any length of time. For the farmers raising corn and soybeans, it is getting close to a disaster, although the rain Wednesday morning may have helped the situation a little.

Hopefully we will get more of that before too long.

The weatherman says this is the worst drought in years in the Midwest.

Mid month is quiet time. The Clare Car and Motorcycle show is over for another year, although if you love old cars, there will be another chance to see some really fabulous ones when the Old 27 Car Tour stops in Clare August 23. That event will include the second annual “Brew Fest” where you can try some locally made beer.

After they stop in Clare, they will be headed for Harrison. On August 24 and 25, the Old 27 Classic Car Tour and Street Fair will be in downtown Harrison from noon to 3 p.m. There will be a Children’s Carnival, Arts & Crafts, Street vendors, Live Entertainment, Silent Auction, Street performers,
and a Softball Game with TV 9&10 vs. Sheriff Department.

But there’s more fun coming up even before that.

This Saturday, the 515 Gallery  “Summer Mosaic of Artists”  is scheduled from 6-8p.m.  in downtown Clare. It will be a chance to meet new artists Rebecca Hastings-mixed media, Thomas Tomasek-pastels, Lyn Gareau-collage and Patricia Terpstra-mosaics. Stop in to enjoy their unique compositions and also view the unique Mosaic work created by Kim Kleinhardt’s students on the outside back alley wall of the building.

Next weekend (July 27-29) will be a busy one in Farwell, the village that blossomed during the long-ago logging era.

The 12th annual Lumberjack Festival begins there with a big parade on Friday evening and loads of events, contests and entertainment will keep you busy right through Sunday afternoon. It is a great time to take a “step back in time” see real “lumberjacks” in action and enjoy some of the fun contests and activities that were big hits a hundred years or more ago. My personal favorite is the “Greased Pig Contest,” but “Chicken Chuckin’” is definitely a very close second.

The very next day –  on Monday – the 129th Clare County Fair begins in Harrison. What is more fun than an old fashioned county fair? This year’s fair will offer a little of everything for the whole family, from harness racing, midway rides, 4-H livestock shows and agricultural exhibits, to grandstand shows and much, much more!

Cotton Candy, Hot dogs, Elephant Ears and French fries with vinegar make up some of the “tastes” of the county fair, while the sounds of youngsters on a thrilling ride or laughing their way through a fun house maze are a big part of traditional summer ‘fun at the fair’ in northern Michigan.

There will be a whole week to enjoy the festivities and when it’s over August will have quietly arrived again.

You know what that means – two-thirds of summer is over and school will be starting again before we know it…