• John McDaniel, Midway Correspondent

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After 67 years, I finally made it to make first cattle show. Actually, going to a cattle show wasn’t even on my bucket list, mainly because I wasn’t even aware there was such a thing as cows being shown in the show ring. I’ve and participated in numerous dog shows and horse shows and I know that you either ride or lead a horse or a dog into a ring and walk them around for the judge and the crowd to analyze, but never did I imagine cows being shown in a like manner. Midwegian James Hicks invited me to the Alltech Center at the Kentucky Horse Park to watch more than 200 participants at the National Jr. Limousin Livestock Show. Which, I might add, was the first cattle event ever held at the horse park. Midway was well represented, as the Hicks family held several entries in the event. I wasn’t able to obtain the final winners in time to meet my deadline, but I do know that Callie Hicks was awarded a first place in one of the classes. According to what I’ve been able to learn, Midway residents, in earlier years, had always depended on raising their own meat. It wasn’t anything for cows, chickens or pigs to be running all over town. After a while, there seemed to be as many animals running around the streets as people. Now the only thing that was restricted at first was a man’s horse. The horse wasn’t allowed to run free. When someone rode a horse through town, the rider had to hold said horse and not travel more than seven miles an hour. You could not tie your horse to a shade tree. The cows and primarily the pigs had to be regulated, as they were taking over the town. The town marshal could catch them and sell them if the owners never claimed them or if they didn’t pay the fine for letting them run loose. The family that owned a cow and lived in the city limits was allowed to let roam one milking cow run at large without incurring any penalty. Now, all that has changed, as the only things that a Midwegian can have are dogs, cats, canaries, parakeets, and goldfish. The Midway cats seemed to have the upper hand in the Midway animal kingdom, as they can roam where ever and whenever they choose, and as I watch them roam around town, I think they know they can get away with just about anything. ••• As I have stated before and will probably mention again, I’m still going through boxes and boxes of old pictures, papers, and lots of other stuff. Last night, I found this real neat map of Lexington with an index so that the reader can easily find whatever street he or she may be looking for. I’m thinking, wow, I need to keep this in the glove compartment of my car. Then my mind came back and reminded me what year I was living in. Geez, all I have to do now is put an address into my cell phone, touch a few icons here and there, and I’ll have this voice guiding me to where I want to go. I’m old fashioned, so I have to admit that it was hard for me to just toss the map into the trash, as I realized there just isn’t enough room for things that I can’t use. You have to admit, it’s a lot safer to just glance over at your phone when you’re driving to particular place than having a map spread across your steering wheel and driving. ••• “Mammaw, Jimmy and a bunch of other boys hanging around the drug store were talking about Joe B. Jim said that Joe was the village idiot.” My Irish grandmother replied, “Johnny Boy, according to cousin Jamey O’Hurleyhee from Boston, Midway is too small to have a village idiot. He said everyone here should take turns.”

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