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10 Simply Awesome Summer Traditions And 2 New Ones

June 6, 2013

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThere is an increased look at the way things used to be. A wish for traditions and simple times. A desire for more family time.

We don’t get a second trip through life, so don’t waste another summer! Make some memories this summer! Here’s 10 things to rekindle tradition – some you may already do if you’re “old fashioned” like we are.  And in the spirit of not looking back only, we’ll share two new ones.

1. Go on a picnic. Pack some food, snacks, drinks and go to the local state park for some outdoor time. Tell stories, play some outdoor games and reconnect.

2. Attend a community parade. Growing up in Illinois, we were eager to participate in Neponset’s Picnic Days parade or Kewanee’s Hog Days parade. Now those aren’t exactly Macy’s or the Rose Parade! But it was fun to participate, made some memories and was a community event whether in the parade or watching. (Be sure to stand when Old Glory passes by!)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA3. Go to a county fair. Fluffy cows are in the news – people are interested in how they are created and what they do. Go see! Talk to the youth preparing them, as well as the adults. Watch the activities and the competitions. See cows milked and hogs shown.

4. Camp overnight. Put up a tent – whether at a weekend park or in your back yard. Sleep outside and make some memories either with this or combined with the next one!

5. Catch lightning bugs with the kids. Play flashlight tag. Sing songs around a campfire cooking hot dogs and smores.

6. Go to a museum or learning center. This doesn’t need to be a major trip. Visit some historical sites, or science learning centers, or some other “field trip.” Visit the zoo and learn about animals from around the world.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA7. Visit a farm. We all eat – think of something you love and seek out a source to learn how it’s grown. Love pizza or ice cream? Visit a dairy! Maybe you’ve wondered how that juice or wine or meat gets to your plate. Find a farm and go see! Increasingly farmers are allowing visitors as they are able to – check online at #agchat for destinations.

8. Attend a festival. Small town festivals abound – celebrate strawberries or pumpkins or a host of other foods! Not all are food related – from mosquitoes to mules and fiber to music – explore!

9. Learn something new. Learn to cook or paint or sew or spin wool. Or you might want to learn to make simple furniture or change the oil in your car. Find a class or clinic and learn. Give your kids the example learning isn’t just for school.

10.  Go to a state fair. Embrace the culture of each state. While many go for concerts and midway, consider the competition part of the fair. Walk through the crafts, the livestock competitions, the food displays of baked goods and canned items. Take in a morning or afternoon of judging competition, maybe watching hogs for a while then sheep or cattle or poultry or rabbits. Many folks say they’ve never seen “fluffy cows” and yet there are competitions coast to coast where they compete every year! Go see another world not far from yours.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnd for those of our friends who are involved in agriculture…two more!

1. Find a way to share what you do. Teach someone (#9 above!) what you do. share your knowledge to help someone else learn something new. As you’re cooking breakfast there’s a chance to find common ground and share what we in agriculture do, as well as hear the challenges from those whom we may not always get to talk to. Many want to reach “outside the choir” – this is a way to do so!

2. Visit a farm or part of agriculture you don’t know anything about. Learn! Remember what it’s like to not know about something in detail – something to do without thinking. If you raise cotton visit a dairy, if you milk cows visit a sheep operation, or aquaculture or research. Agriculture is diverse – learn something new!

Not only is this a great way to make memories as a family, but it’s a great example to never stop learning, experiencing new things and it doesn’t take a home mortgage to finance it.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. June 6, 2013 3:12 PM

    Great Post these are such good ideas!! My favorites are going to the museum and a county and state fairs. I grew up showing livestock and the county and state fairs are always such a great time and yes you will see some “fluffy cows” 🙂 I also love going to museums big and small. My dad and I went to this small town in Illinois and were killing time before a conference and found this little county museum and it was the coolest thing. Even though we were miles from home to learn their history was so cool.

    I’m glad I found your blog I look forward to following it!!
    (come check out my blog. I blog about agriculture and all sorts of other things!)

    • June 6, 2013 4:47 PM

      Thanks for stopping by! There’s so many of those little learning opportunities – from presidential homes/history to science centers to historical farms. Bishop Hill Illinois is another – very small town but a step back to spinning/weaving and other things. Not a WalMart in town. 😀

  2. June 8, 2013 8:46 AM

    Reblogged this on LiveTheCountryDream.

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