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Packing for Summer Vacation… NOT!


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You are sitting in last period English class with backpack and supplies waiting for the final bell for summer vacation, and it’s all that you can do to wait for the final tick of the second hand. Three… two… one… home free! For the past week, classmates have talked about their upcoming trips to Florida getting closer with each passing minute. They ask you where you are going and they are sorry to hear you will not be going anywhere. You have the whole summer with zero big plans. Now what are you going to do now?

Every year, families pack up their luggage and head to summer destinations all over the country. As for the rest of us, what are we supposed to do in “boring” Cass County? Well, actually, there’s many fun and entertaining things to do all around Cass County. From fairs to parades, Cass County has options for just about anyone!

One of the biggest events in counties across America is the fair. A lot of people in Cass county raise animals, such as pigs, cows, chickens, goats, etc., and show them at the fair. Others  go to the fair for the rides and the different performances from local bands and groups. Another thing that people love going to the fair for is the food and drinks only really available at that event. The Lewis Cass Marching Kings Band Boosters Elephant Ear booth is one of my personal highlights because it supports one of the school’s programs in which I participate. The fair has everything from corn dogs to lemon shake-ups and to home-brewed sodas!

Another event is the Walton is the Fourth of July Festival. With all of the events that happen, the town is almost closed off. The afternoon parade is the day time highlight and the fireworks show closes out the all day event. Some events include street vendors, an annual fish fry at the firehouse and a classic car show. Whether someone is in the band and march in the parade, sitting on a float for their organization or campaign, or simply just watching, everyone can easily have a wonderful time watching the parade go by. Kids like the parade so they can collect candy thrown from the floats, watch the group riding majestic horses who prance and neigh, or cover their ears when the Shiners rumble through on the little motorcycles. Businesses and churches like to participate in the parade because they can advertise services or promote upcoming church events on a wider platform. If someone is really into small town parades and street festivals, he/she could travel Cass County on the Fourth of July and see a parade in Twelve Mile, community cookout in Logansport and then make plans for the Galveston Summerfest that follows a few weeks later.

If parades and fireworks aren’t appealing, in Kokomo there’s a street fair in the downtown area all about strawberries! This summer treat gets it very own day in Kokomo. While you munch on strawberries, ice cream, and shortcake, you can make your way around the street fair and check out community businesses, churches, and craft booths. Demonstrations and live bands perform on the main stage to fill the summer air with music.

The next time you have a summer without a big vacation to the tropics, think about going to some of these events and support your community!

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2 Responses to “Packing for Summer Vacation… NOT!”

  1. Bella Panmei on August 21st, 2018 12:44 pm

    I love the way you started off your article and what you have included in it. I do love going to those events here and the way you interpreted it was amazing. Good work Lauren! Can’t wait for more.

  2. Kyla Valdez on March 5th, 2019 1:34 pm

    I loved your article, Lauren! I never knew how much stuff we could do in Cass County.

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Lewis Cass High School, Walton, Indiana,
Packing for Summer Vacation… NOT!