It has been anything but your average first six months of a year.
By now our office should have wrapped up a busy season with a golf tournament, annual banquet, a bunch of Business After Fives and probably a Morning Perk or two. We would have also been hard at work on planning a full season of Picnic in the Park and helping the CVB out with Pickin’ on the Plains.
Instead, we’ve been spent all of April and the first part of May working from home and the last part of the month getting readjusted to working in our office.
Now that the restrictions have been lifted for Thomas County, you would think that everything would have come rushing back… the interstate traffic, community events and the sense of normal.
It hasn’t. But we are making progress.
The Colby Convention and Visitors Bureau has lined up a light version of Picnic in the Park for us this summer. They’ll kick it off on June 10 and will host it every other week through July. We’ll have your favorite entertainers and new this year — area nonprofits will be serving up lunch for a donation, so you won’t have to brown bag it if you don’t want to.
We’re also starting to talk about the Thomas County Fair Parade. That is a great sign that things are returning to normal. We’ll have the sign-up forms for you next month. This year’s theme is Heroes in the Heartland. Pretty appropriate after everything, we think.
And the Sunflower Festival committee is hard at work to make sure Colby’s favorite new annual tradition is ready to go at the end of August with plenty of activities, food and yes, beer. I see it as a time to celebrate coming out of the pandemic and reuniting with friends. Even for this introvert, that sounds wonderful.
Who knows what the fall brings… it may be more COVID or perhaps a zombie invasion. Whatever it brings, we’ll face it head on. After the last six months, we’ve proved that northwest Kansans are made of pretty tough stuff.