Fall is probably my favorite season of the year. I love it when the leaves begin to change and the air turns crisp. I find myself really enjoying that first cup of freshly brewed coffee in the morning as the sun rises to mark the beginning of another beautiful Autumn day. Fall also makes me think of soccer, which as most of you know is my favorite sport, and I look forward to spreading out a blanket on the bleachers to watch the boys play the final games of their fall seasons.
Fall is also the time when the Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce hosts two of my favorite events - The Show and the annual Fall Festival and Chili Cook-Off, which are the central theme of this week's editorial.
The Show marks the culmination of months of hard work and rehearsals by some of this community's finest musical talents. Each year, I am impressed with the production, and it never fails to amaze me that we have such an abundance of homegrown stars. This year's show is expected to again offer three nights of outstanding entertainment, so we highly recommend that you make plans to attend one of the three performances, which are offered on Thursday and Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday at 2 p.m. All performances take place in the Cassville Middle School gymnasium, and tickets can be purchased at the door.
The Fall Festival and Chili and Salsa Cook-Off is another "must-attend" event. This year, the event is boasting record participation. Those who attend the festival will have the chance to sample chili and salsa from 28 different competitive teams. In addition, there will be 73 other booths to visit during the day-long event. A pet parade and music by 4 in a Corner will also highlight the festival, which is sure to draw crowds.
This weekend also offers an opportunity to drive through some of the countryside that surrounds Cassville to view the fall foliage, which is starting to change. A wild area hike is also being offered at Roaring River State Park on Saturday for those who want to visit the Fall Festival and then embark on a hike through some of the more pristine areas of the park.
There's no excuse to stay at home this weekend. Enjoy one of the remaining fall weekends by taking advantage of several of the events offered by the Cassville chamber. The Show and Fall Festival involve lots of planning and hundreds of volunteer hours. These efforts deserve to be rewarded with record crowds in attendance at both events. For more information on The Show, the Fall Festival or the Chili and Salsa Cook-Off, call the chamber office at 847-2814 or visit www.cassville.com.