• By John McDaniel, Midway Correspondent

The Week At Midway - Personals and Comments

If you ever want to find out what people think about your county, take some time to work a few hours at the Kentucky State Fair’s “Pride of the Counties” exhibit. Midway was featured on the second day of the exhibit and volunteers representing Midway included former Northside Elementary teacher Celia Thompson and her husband Joe. Joe is an expert on getting people to sign up for the giveaway prizes that are being offered. Debbie and Bart Shockley filled in the second half of the day, so everyone who came to the exhibit found out anything they wanted to know about Midway and Woodford County. Midway and the Kentucky Castle received a lot of good comments.

A big thank you goes to Bart, Debbie, Jim and Celia for their time and energy. We can’t forget a lady who worked behind the scene – thank you to Cortney Neikirk, a hardworking Midway Business Association member and Sweet Tooth business owner, for putting together the special Midway baskets for the drawing that will showcase some of the things that Midway has to offer.

There are two people who don’t get recognized enough for all the work they do keeping Woodford County and Midway in the limelight over the last ten years, maybe longer; time goes by so fast. I can recall Lillie Cox and Bessie Bain when they called people together to set up the first exhibit at the fair. They were relentless (they still are!) in their efforts to set up the Woodford County exhibit, and if my memory serves me right, that exhibit took first place, and I believe Woodford County has won two more firsts since then. Thank you, ladies -- Midway loves you and even though you don’t live in Midway (our loss) I’m sure there will be a decree someday making you guys honorary citizens of Midway.

I’ve been doing research for a couple of projects. One is about a lynching that took place in Woodford County in the early 1900s and the other is about how the American government has abused American natives. While researching the American native issue, a lot of interesting subjects came up. One was the value that the American natives, especially the Lakota Tribe, put on the birth of a white buffalo. According to John Lame Deer, a spiritual leader, “A white buffalo is the most sacred living thing you could ever encounter.” The American buffalo, or bison, is a symbol of abundance and manifestation.

The arrival of a white buffalo is like the second coming of Christ, according to Floyd Hand Looks For Buffalo, an Oglala Medicine Man from Pine Ridge, S.D. He said it will bring about purity of mind, body, and spirit and unify all nations – black, red, yellow, and white. He sees the birth of a white calf as an omen because they happen in the most unexpected places and often among the poorest people in the nation. The birth of the sacred white buffalo provides those within the Native American community with a sense of hope and an indication that good times are to come.

You might be asking why I’m writing about this. Reading the above you probably think I’ve made up the two American Native names that I quoted to make you laugh. Yes, Virginia there is a man who lives in this country named Floyd Hand Looks For Buffalo. As many Midwegians know, we have actually had buffalo within our city limits. What you may not know is that a white buffalo once roamed the boundaries of our city, and I’m not talking about the days when Midway hadn’t even been thought of. Our white buffalo was born just a few years ago and was an amazing sight to see. Unfortunately the Little Big White Fella, my name for him, didn’t live to see his first birthday.

I contacted two American Native medicine men to find out what it means when a white buffalo dies so young. I hoped that it wasn’t a bad omen for Midway. Both interpreted the event the same: “Young white buffalo was sick. White owner needed to call vet.”

Unfortunately this Friday, Midway Renaissance will host its last Midsummer Night In Midway concert for the year. Last month’s gathering was, using the vernacular of my hippie days, “a blast.” The weather forecast is looking very positive for the evening and there is no reason this Midsummer Night shindig (did it again) shouldn’t be bigger and better.

Make plans to come downtown this Friday to mix, mingle, matriculate, dance and have fun. Stores will be open, vendors will be set up, and the restaurants will be serving at 6 p.m. Music by the Feral Cats will begin at 7 p.m. They have a whole new song list for Friday’s performance. Porta-potties will be nearby for those with small bladders.

Meet me in Midway Friday night!

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