Fall means not only festivals, but community

Friday, October 4, 2019
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One of the many signs that fall has truly made it to our region are the annual fall festival and homecoming events that kick off in many area towns.

This weekend, Qulin welcomes home its friends, neighbors and families. Similar events will be held this month in Broseley, Neelyville, Fisk, Naylor, Corning, Arkansas, and many other communities.

These are events that require time and effort to organize, often from an increasingly small number of dedicated volunteers.

But they help remind us of who we are as a community and what we love about our region.

They create new ties and strengthen old ones, work that is necessary to make towns more than just a collection of businesses and buildings.

A group of Poplar Bluff High School students tried to organize something similar to celebrate their own homecoming, but the effort couldn’t quite get off the ground.

Maybe the timing was bad, coming so soon after Poplar Bluff’s Iron Horse Festival, or maybe those they asked to participate needed more notice to get organized.

Whatever the reason, it’s unfortunate their plans didn’t work out.

We want to commend the efforts of everyone who steps up in our region and invests their time in bringing communities together.

And we hope the students at PBHS won’t be too discouraged. Their efforts and the interest of new generations are needed by all area towns.

—Daily American Republic

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