Kids, I'm the person who does the updates for our Community Calendar stuff.   I hear more about that any one single thing I do here at KIX, which may or may not be a bad thing. 

People around here are always looking for something fun or different to do, especially with their kids.  Often we can take the too easy route of just watching some TV or playing a video game instead of getting out and about.  Well, every year for the calendar, I get a submission from the Noonday Optimists for their Hayride.  They're doing this on the 27th of next month.

It's a fun thing they do every year, where they meet up, pile some kids in the back of a truck and scare 'em a bit.  Nothing too bad that'll cause nightmares, but everybody likes a good scare, especially around this time of year.  Halloween isn't all about the candy, you know (well, okay, that might be an exaggeration).

I've never been on a hayride.  The closest thing I've had was back when I was small.  My paternal grandparents had a little piece of land in rural Smithton.  You can picture it: big yard, few dogs, gravel road, patch of land with some junk cars and some cows.  There was also a little patch of woods out in the back with a creek where I lost more than one pair of socks.  We'd sometimes take an ATV back there and ride around, but most of the weekends that I was out there were more subdued.  We'd have some chores to do, then we'd wander off into the yard or the woods and try to make some mischief.

So maybe this kind of thing would be perfect for some of you out there that live in town and don't get to have that kind of leisurely time out on a farm.  Maybe this very experience can become a new tradition for you and your family - something positive and wholesome with hot dogs and hay bales.

Why not take the kids out to the Fairgrounds on October 27.   It'll start at 7:00 and it's only $5 for an adult and $4 for a kid, and younger than five are free.  They'll feed ya, and the kids get a little candy to boot.

Hayridily yours,