Time to roll out summer

The great Nat King Cole sang a song about “those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer.”

Well, this is the time, and North Dakota is the place. If you are not in the mood for summer just yet, the Fourth of July should nudge you into it.

Summer in North Dakota is precious, not just because it is a respite from snow shovels and icy streets. Summer also provides wonderful opportunities to get out and greet new friends and old. True, we have to try at it – if you can call going to picnics and festivals in the park work.

One upcoming example of North Dakotans making their own summer fun is the town of Kenmare, in northern Ward County. Their annual Pioneer Day celebration will be held Sunday, July 9. How could you not want to participate in or at least watch such events as a log-cutting contest or scavenger hunt on a sunny Sunday afternoon, and take in a pig roast too?

The event offers much more, rest assured. It is hosted by Kenmare’s Pioneer Village and begins with a church service at 11 a.m. in Hartland Lutheran Church.

If you are not nearby Kenmare, almost every town or collections of towns pull out all the stops at least once each summer, whether it’s a pioneers day, crazy days or Turtle Lake’s famous Turtle Days (July 7-9).

Hopefully Kenmare, Turtle Lake and the other small towns that work so diligently to sustain their local traditions will be successful for many years to come.

They could use our help. Attend one or two of these affairs this summer and like Nat King Cole sang, “You’ll wish that summer could always be here.”

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