Monday, September 27, 2010

Farmington Missouri

It has been close to forty years that I have been returning to Farmington for brief visits. It is where my husband John grew up, and he still has family there. This past week-end was a special time for the town. The high school had its homecoming festivities, and in conjunction with those events, there was a celebration by the alumni of the fifty years the present high school has been in existence. Mainly there was an emphasis on the history of football at the high school since 1919. We got there Friday afternoon, just in time for the parade which included current and past football players, cheerleaders, class homecoming floats, the high school band, to mention a few of the participants in the parade. I have here a picture of one of the floats which featured football players from the past.
 Interestingly enough, the soccer team at Farmington High ranked fourth in state last year. I am more partial to that sport,and our nephew Nicholas is on that team. He is pictured on the float below (he is the one with his back to the camera unfortunately), along with his teammates.
One building of the old high school, which is still in existence, is Truman Auditorium. Alumni of the high school gathered there Saturday afternoon to share their memories. The stage of this auditorium was once used for physical education classes and study hall, as well as musical performances, plays, and graduation ceremonies. It was built in 1937 and now no longer used by the school once the present high school was built in 1960.
In historic downtown Farmington the town held its Fall Festival this past week-end. Saturday morning we enjoyed checking out the booths which had handmade craft items as well as produce from local farms. The town's streets were decorated with straw figures  promoting different businesses as well non-profit organizations. Next month the town is having a food drive so the guy below is a cute reminder to remember the needs of the food pantry. It was all small town happenings in Farmington and a pleasant way to spend a fall week-end.

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