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In the next few weeks I plan to give you a sample of small town life in northeast Texas by sharing some of the events that take place here. Everyone in town seems to be involved, and it’s great fun.

I’ll never forget my first experience with Autumn Trails. Every year in October the little town where I live holds a month long celebration with scheduled activities every weekend. People from all over the state attend. Families arrive early to spend the day and visit, just like they did at county fairs years ago.

And the entire town is decorated. Pumpkins and gourds, all shapes and sizes, gorgeous mums in every autumn color imaginable perch on hay bales beside scarecrows or in wheelbarrows or wagons. The decorations grace porches, yards and even storefronts downtown.

This weekend is our annual Arts and Crafts Show in City Park and downtown. For those of you not used to life in a small town, it’s an experience. Depending on where it’s held, an entire city block may be shut down and traffic rerouted for the duration. People part their cars at the old train depot (which now houses the Chamber of Commerce) and walk across the street to vendors’ exhibits.

You never know what you’ll be tempted to buy until you arrive. Quilts, jewelry, pumpkins, gourds, sugar cane, scarecrows, scented candles, paintings. Food vendors offer huge pickles, hamburgers smothered in onions grilled turkey legs and oil field sausage on a stick. Along with that, there’s the antique tractor pull and barbecue cook-off.

I’m all geared up! I’ll see you there.