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Today promises to be a ‘big’ day for many…

In Clarkton, Farm Fest … a day long celebration, a reminder of Farmer’s Day in the 50s and 60s. Festivities begin early and continue into late evening at the Clarkton Dixie Youth Baseball complex, 395 Perimeter Road. “The Pink Slips”, a popular local band will be performing from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Admission is $10 per person … bring your lawn chair and enjoy.

A BBQ fundraiser is being held noon today at the Zion Hill Community Building, NC 410, north of Bladenboro … Cost is $7 per plate. Proceeds benefit ‘autism’ efforts, and donations are also welcomed.

Later today, a Gospel Music Celebration is being held, beginning at 6 p.m., at Elizabethtown Middle School featuring Brian Free and Assurance, The Lumber River Quartet and introducing Cedron’s Bridge. Tickets are $25, $15 and $10. Proceeds benefit Southeastern Carolina Crossroads, doing great work with males suffering from alcohol and drug addiction. Doors open at 5 p.m. and donations are welcomed.

No doubt there are other activities in the area, but those are the ones I am aware of.

Occasionally I hear … ‘there’s nothing to do around here’. Hello!!!!

I remember the Clarkton Tobacco Festival. Many folks attended, some all day and all night, camping out in the tobacco warehouse.

Those were the days my friend, I thought they would never end, but they did.

About the time I was ‘baggin groceries and cleaning out potato bins and onion bins at Hinson’s Super Market in Bladenboro. Good times!!!

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” Dr. Seuss

We didn’t realize we were making memories. We just knew we were having fun.

Now, sitting silently beside a long-time friend who is hurting may be the best gift we can give.

robert g hester

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