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After a summer shower, Al Gengler captured this rainbow, a a sign for a good corn crop.


A salute to agriculture!

Smantha and children

They say that confession is good for the soul, so with that fabulous cover photo of youg corn reaching toward the sun, I should probably admit that I am a city girl through and through. But residing in town only seems to intensify my love of our county's beautiful countryside and my respect for the farm families who live and work there, producing our nation's food.

Raising my family in an agricultural community has reulted in a certain awareness that families from large cities may not share. As a result, my children have always understood that their food isn't created at the grocery store; it's born or planted on the farm. But that's not the only benefit. With a farming community comes perks for every child in the county, including a string 4-H program, a marvelous farmers' market and an award-winning county fair, to name a few.

That's why much of this issue centers around country life. From Shannon McFarlin's article entitled Blueberry Acres: A Fun Destination, to Laura Moss's piece, See You at the Fair!, we are tipping our hat to those who can recite at least the first line of the Future Farmers of America creed, "I believe in the future of agriculture, with a faith born not of words but of deeds." Thank you, my famr friends!

Also in this issue, one of our newer editorial departments, entitled THE CLUBHOUSE, takes a look at our Family and Community Education clubs. Few communities have Henry County's plethora of working, giving organizations. Nationwide, membership in civic clubs is down. PARIS! intends to begin shining a spotlight on local groups and their varied good works, as well as membership information.

So until next time, have a safe summer and enjoy our community's bounty of seasonal fun!

Smantha Parker
Editor and Publisher of PARIS! Magazine

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