This content, Small Town Living is the Place for Me, is sponsored by the Monsanto Fund’s America’s Farmers Community Outreach Programs, but views and thoughts are my own.
Do you ever wonder what it’s like living in a small town? I’ve been living in small towns my entire life. Pennsylvania is a hotbed for the small town living. My family has been living in our current small town for almost 20 years. We’ve planted roots here, raised our kids here and continue to enjoy it tremendously in the empty nest season of our lives. There’s just something special about waking to fresh air, neighbors I can trust, farm life and a view that never gets old.
Of course small town living comes with a huge sense of pride. Your friends and neighbors are always finding ways to give back to the community. They volunteer at school events, carnivals, egg hunts, church, ice cream socials, funerals and more. Your neighbors watch out for you, share their crops, babysit, plow your roads, and support you through wins and struggles. I am proud to say I come from a small town.
Small Town Living is The Place for Me
Our small town comes to life in the summer. Harvesting crops, carnivals, pig roasts, ice cream socials, rummage sales, car shows and camp outs are just a few of the things that keep us busy. One thing that makes me especially proud of our small town is the local volunteer fire departments. The men, women, boys and girls that belong to these fire companies put their hearts and souls on the line to protect our communities. There’s no pay and a lot of the time, there is no accolades, but they do it anyway. They leave jobs, family, social events and their homes when they hear that fire whistle sound. They put in hours of training, fundraising, planning, hard work, sweat and tears to make sure they are ready to serve when an emergency arises.
One way our small town chooses to give back to these selfless volunteers in through the summer Fireman’s Carnivals. These carnivals are one of the major fundraising events held each year. Dozens and dozens of community members pitch in and help out. From cleaning, cooking, baking or working, there’s always a job someone can fill. Volunteer firefighters give selflessly to our small town and supporting their efforts is just a small way we can give back to them. You can donate your time, bake a cake, donate funds, call Bingo, work in a stand, or hang posters. It doesn’t take a lot of effort to support your small town heroes.
I Am #MyTownProud
Most of the local carnivals are held Tuesday through Saturday, with a kick-off parade on opening night. All of the surrounding fire companies join the parades along with the high school bands, community floats and local businesses. Friends and neighbors line the streets to cheer them on and support a great cause. The kids are excited to gather the trinkets and candy that is thrown from the parade participants. At the carnival grounds you will always find lots of great food, games, rides, free entertainment and the camaraderie of small town living that warms your heart.
Behind the scenes of these carnivals it takes the masses to make it successful. From the planning and promoting to the clean up on the closing day, someone from my small town is giving back and making a difference in our town and beyond. I am proud to say, that I come from a small town! I wouldn’t want it any other way!
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