JOE B. COATES
Halfway through October 2013, and I bet nearly everyone knows its Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Pink, the color that is recognized as the official color of breast cancer victims and survivors, is everywhere. Most noticeably, its part of the color scheme of many football and other sports teams at nearly every level of competition. Heck, even some of us refs have pink accessories–whistles, penalty flags, arm bands and the lot.
October is several months. It’s also National Fire Safety Month, Dental Hygiene Month, Domestic Violence Awareness Month and National Pizza Month. (What a combination that is. . .You burn the pizza in the oven, which catches on fire, then your wife hits you in your bad tooth with a fire extinguisher…)
It’s also the month of National Newspaper Week (13-20), Red Ribbon Week and National Business Women’s Week (22-26), Columbus Day (14), National Fire Prevention Week (7-13), National Mammography Day (19), Child Health Day (1), Financial Planning Week (1-7) and even International Magic Week (25-31).
Then there’s National Boss Day (16), Food Bank Week (14-20), School Lunch Week (15-19), Sweetest Day (19) World Space Week (3-9) and Pastor Appreciation Month.
And, don’t forget, Halloween is right around the corner (31).
Its enough to keep folks busy, for sure. This weekend in Copiah County will showcase a couple of marquee events that are more regionally, rather than nationally, known. Wesson Volunteer Fire Department hosts its 42nd annual flea market in and around the downtown area on Saturday. Many in the area will be looking to score early Christmas gifts at this event, which has been held each year since (wow) 1971.
Right up the road north of Gallman is the Experiment Station’s annual Fall Flower and Garden Festival and Show beginning on Friday. I have been quite a few times, and I’m more amazed each year at how beautiful the flowers and plants are and at how well-kept and clean the area is around the event. If you’ve never been, make sure you go this year.
Yes, fall is beginning to reach full splendor in our area. The sights and senses of the season can at least help us take our minds off all the daily political turbulence going on in our nation’s capital and the divisiveness caused by the president and members of Congress that wears all of us down. Do like I will this weekend–turn off the ball games and the other junk on TV and get out and enjoy these and other events around our area.