I’ve lived in the Cincinnati area for five years now, and even though I’ve driven past the Farm Club Tractor Show near Morrow, Ohio, every year, I’ve never stopped. That is until this year. There is something about the atmosphere of a tractor show that draws out the best of community. It’s a great place to be.
It’s the July 4th weekend, and the weather is hot and steamy. The community swimming pools are crowded, boats are out on the rivers and lakes. Everyone is enjoying the recreation and leisure activities for the holidays. Everyone is trying to stay cool.
Even though these ladies don’t know or give a darn about a man-made holiday, they do know how to keep cool in their own version of a pool party.
All across the countryside are monuments to an agricultural industry and lifestyle. For many small towns, the grain elevator was a center of activity, a gathering place for farmers to bring their grain and socialize with others.
Although most of these grain elevators are still in use, they look old and show signs of deterioration, for they are not large enough for today’s big agribusinesses.
What happens to the playground when the small town school is abandoned for a newer facility or the school district is merged with another. All too often, the building is sold or even abandoned. The same is true for the playground.