West: May's a busy time for Cannon County

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May is always such a busy month.

It starts somewhat slowly, but by the middle of the month everyone's off to the races.

So many of the events are outdoors, like the annual Farm Day sponsored by the UT Extension Office and Farm Bureau. It was a perfect day for 4th graders from all of Cannon County's schools to gain a taste of what farm life is like.

The best thing about Farm Day is how it shows the evolution of life on the farm from mule-drawn wagons all the way to huge four-wheel-drive tractors equipped with GPS equipment that actually drive them across the fields of Cannon County. Amazing!

But you've got to admit Cannon County is still doing its part to keep traditional farming methods alive. A perfect example of that is the Spring Wagon Train Ride, presented by the Middle Tennessee Mule Skinners Association with mule skinners, friends and family meeting each morning at the Woodbury Fair Grounds and traveling a different route through Cannon County each day. That event concluded Saturday with annual Mule Show at the fair grounds arena.

And let's not forget the Cannon County Walking Horse Association's Memorial Day Ride on May 26-28.

Just like the Spring Wagon Train Ride, the CCWHA horses and riders leave the fair grounds in Woodbury and ride to the camp grounds on Short Mountain for a week-end of camping, trail riding, horse shows, kids events and food. More information is available at online at ccwhaoftn.info

This coming weekend, Friday, May 19th and Saturday, May 20th, the action moves to Woodbury's Square for the annual Good Ole Days, presented by the Cannon County Senior Center.

All sorts of events are planned from music of all sorts to pageants ranging from babies to senior citizens. (Check out the schedule on Page 1 of today's Courier.)

As events continue all over Cannon County, the school year winds to a close during May. CCHS's Prom was held Friday, May 12 all while year-end Benchmark testing continued at Woodland, Woodbury Grammar, Short Mountain and East Side schools.

Friday, May 26 final report cards are handed out on an abbreviated school day. The most momentous moment of the school year, graduation at CCHS, is set for 7 p.m. At CCHS Football Field. (Pray for good weather!)

Wow, what a month! Better get ready for June and July!!

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