Another edition of the Winnebago County Fair is here.

Are you ready for all the excitement? Have you got your grandstand tickets purchased? Don’t forget your carnival tickets. Do you have a favorite fair queen candidate? Hungry for some good fair food? I wonder what we’ll find this year.

If you haven’t decided when you want to attend the Winnebago County Fair, be certain to go the fair’s website at http://www.winnebagocoiowafair.com/

Hopefully the weather cooperates and we have no rain and low humidity. Either one, or both, can make it tough for both humans and animals alike.

The Forest City Summit staff will be at the fair, snapping photos and gathering all the news from the fair for our special fair edition to run later in August.

Hope to see and meet many Winnebago County residents at the fair.

Also, don’t forget to thank a fair board member when you see them at the fair. They have spent many, many hours in preparation to make this year’s fair the best we have ever seen.

I am pretty certain they would enjoy hearing how much we each appreciate the great job they do in making our fair a great event to attend.

It’s an exciting time but also means the summer is coming to an end.

Athletic camps and music camps will soon begin, with school to soon follow.

However, as this week begins to wind down, we still have one more thing to celebrate — Friendship Day. On this day, people spend time with their friends and express their love for them.

Exchange of Friendship Day gifts like flowers (especially pink and yellow roses), cards and wrist bands is a popular tradition of this occasion.

Despite the desire to just send a text, I think the day would be better celebrated by actually calling friends if you are not able to see them in person.

We have lost some of the personal touch in many of our holidays.

Let’s celebrate the day with good friends as we head into the final weeks of the summer.

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On a personal note, I am looking forward to meeting many people not only in Forest City but across Winnebago County.

If you have an event or meeting you would like for us to promote in the paper, please email that information to us. We would love to spread the word about the many activities happening in and around Forest City.

Also, if you attend an event and would like to submit a photo, feel free to do that as well. Don't forget to give us the information about the event as well as information about the photo.

The Forest City Summit is the voice of Forest City and Winnebago County. We want to hear from you.

To submit an item, please email them to jim.cross@globegazette.com, give me a call at the Summit Office or stop by. I plan to be in the office on Tuesdays and some Thursdays.

Jim Cross, Regional Editor, Forest-City Summit

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