Saturday morning, we were at Seneca for their Autumnfest. There was a great carnival and lots of displays and booths. We were able to find some really nice Christmas gifts and picked up some hard to find items from some of the vendors. Most of the people I saw with crafts were local and they appeared to be doing a brisk business. The Friends were there with their knives and leatherwork and I found the perfect gift for my son in Alaska. Nick Whitehead had his newest acquisition on display. A 1919 Case steam tractor. We got there early and it was quite cold so when we found out that Nick had a big fire going in the boiler, we figured out why there was a big crowd standing close to offer advice! The best part of the visit for me was getting to buy one of Mrs. Gruver's caramel apple cheesecakes! I can't begin to tell you how good that thing is!
The Pineville Oktoberfest was next on our list. They also had a great selection of crafts to choose from. The Rivards, as usual, were serving a great breakfast at the Pineville Grill to help support yet another charity. I wish I could explain how unusual it is for business people to get totally involved in their communities. When I try to tell some of the Reps from other areas about my district and all the community involvement that we have in Newton and McDonald Counties, they shake their heads in wonderment. We visited with the folks at the new Car Quest store and went by the Historical Society for a minute to see some great photographs from the 60's taken by William H. King Jr. The Courthouse renovation is really coming along great. I need to hire those guys to work on the cabin.
We look forward to more great events as the holidays approach! Hope to see you at them.