Update 9/16: The quilt show has been cancelled.
New business at the October quilt guild meeting included discussion of ideas for future classes and new committees as well as ideas for projects. Suggestions for charities were also evaluated.
By Sandra Spence
This weekend is the fourth weekend of September, and that means only one thing; it is DAIRY DAY. One of the most anticipated events of autumn is nearly upon us as the community of Norris City celebrates its 73rd annual Dairy Days. For the youngsters, it’s a time of anticipation and excitement, beginning with the closing of the roads and the first glimpses of the carnival rides as they are moved into place Thursday evening. The excitement builds even more with the dismissal of school on Friday afternoon, and the kids finally make it to the midway for a weekend of rides, games, carnival food, and fun with friends. For many of the older set, it is a homecoming weekend and a chance for seeing and visiting with old friends, classmates, etc. No matter what the age, all would agree that Dairy Days is a very special once-a-year weekend.
The festival is the finale of a year’s worth of planning and work by the members of the Dairy Day Association and their corps of very faithful volunteers, along with the generous financial support of many of our local businesses and individuals. This year’s event will see several changes from festivals of the past. The theme for this year’s event, based on our agricultural heritage, is “Under the Harvest Moon.”
By Charlie Melton
(The following is filed under the heading “Things the Authorities Don’t Want You to Know.” Read on, good citizen, because you can handle the truth. You deserve the truth, and we are in the truth business.)
Another annual celebration is upon us. Each fall, we gather to celebrate our affinity for whatever we admire in our culture. Most towns celebrate some heirloom crop that saved them from being annihilated by roving bands of rabid Koala Bears or crack-smoking zombies. Some towns pay homage to mythical stubborn four-footed hybrid beasts of burden (How silly is that? Everyone knows hybrids can’t reproduce, so where would they come from? It can’t happen). Other hamlets admire sweet and savory desserts in a baked flaky pastry which some people call “pie.”
For some communities, a festival is just another excuse for a party. The town of Millstadt has a festival almost every weekend during the summer. They gave up on trying to name all of them, and by July, they just yell, “Beer!” Other citizens know it means there’s an impromptu festival, and immediately go to the city park.
It will not be long until Norris City celebrates Dairy Day again on the fourth Saturday in September. Most people today don’t know the origin of the name Dairy Day for Norris City’s fall festival.
In the 1940s and 1950s, this area of southern Illinois, with Norris City as the center, was big into dairies and dairy cattle. Norris City and several villages around Norris City had produce and feed stores that were buying cream and eggs, and some also bought chickens. They sold feed for the various types of livestock, from cows to hogs to chickens. [Read more...]