• John McDaniel, Midway Correspondent

Midway News - Personals and Comments

Midway's biggest event of the year, or I could say Woodford County's biggest event of the year, will be this weekend. Yes, folks, it is time for Midway's 43rd Fall Festival, so make plans to visit downtown Midway and check out more than 150 vendors and the shops. If the event is like it always is, there will probably be lots of yards sales taking place all over town. Festival Director Elisha Holt said there will be lots of food, crafts, and activities for every one of all ages. Meet me in Midway this weekend, Sept. 16 and 17. ... Did you ever wonder what it would be like to be married 65 years and to the same person the whole time? There aren't that many couples who can make that claim. As of Tuesday of this week, Spencer and Deana Craig were able to make that claim. They celebrated the occasion with a small group of family and friends. Deana moved to Midway when she was 15 years old. At first, the couple had to be satisfied with an occasional "hi" and a smile. They began dating when they were 18, and after dating for about a year, they tied the knot Sept. 12, 1952. They raised five children; all but one still live in Midway. The couple proudly claims 10 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. ... I want to send out a sad goodbye and best wishes to Jo Gardone, owner of the downtown business Eagle's Nest, as she has closed up her shop and retired from the antique business. She started her business 1975. Gardone was an active business owner and involved in many downtown and community activities. Forty-two years as a Midway business has to put hers as one of the oldest businesses in Midway history. ... We all have favorite restaurants downtown Midway, but I think everyone would agree it is the servers that make them special. It is unfortunate that one of our favorites passed away last Friday from a heart attack. Sharlie Wilkin, a server at the Grey Goose, will definitely be missed. Memorial contributions may be made to the Woodford Humane Society. ... The Giant Pumpkin Project has really drawn a lot of attention. Last week, there were several groups of people taking time to check and see just what it is under those big leaves that cover the pumpkin patch. There was a group of six or seven ladies standing around the patch last Wednesday, pointing and talking away for about 20 minutes. I would love to have heard their comments. Steve Morgan and I had a goal to raise a couple of giant pumpkins around 300 to 500 pounds. The seeds were developed to produce a pumpkin in the 800 to 1,000-pound range. Knowing that we were first-time pumpkin growers, we thought the lower poundage to be more realistic. Fortunately, we have produced one pumpkin that will be bigger than your average pumpkin. We thought that adding a couple of blue pumpkin plants and a couple of mid-size plants that it would give the pumpkin patch a little variety. Due to cross pollination, we have baby-sized blue pumpkins and baby orange pumpkins. The pumpkin vines have been growing like a virus, they have to trimmed back on a regular basis. I wonder how much attention they will get this weekend during the Midway Fall Festival.

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