Sum­mer fun that is close to home

Prairie Post (East Edition) - - Farm News -

Sum­mer is prime va­ca­tion sea­son when trav­el­ers take trips to ev­ery cor­ner of the world. While far­away des­ti­na­tions abound, those look­ing for fun can also find en­joy­able ac­tiv­i­ties much closer to home.

Many com­mu­ni­ties come alive dur­ing the warmer weather, host­ing an ar­ray of lo­cally driven events. Peo­ple look­ing for a day of en­ter­tain­ment or an evening of ex­cite­ment may be able to find an event that’s just a short car ride away. Pick up a lo­cal news­pa­per or log on to your town’s of­fi­cial web­site to browse a list­ing of events in your com­mu­nity this sum­mer. Here are a few events you’re bound to find.

Car­ni­vals and fun fairs:

Open land or empty park­ing lots can be trans­formed into bustling car­ni­vals in a mat­ter of days. Car­ni­vals or fairs may be spon­sored by pri­vate busi­nesses or lo­cal re­li­gious or­ga­ni­za­tions look­ing to raise funds. Some fairs are es­tab­lished by the county and at­tract par­tic­i­pants from near and far. Car­ni­vals of­ten boast a wide ar­ray of en­ter­tain­ment, from amuse­ment park-style rides to games of chance to mu­sic.

Sum­mer con­cert series:

Sum­mer con­certs series typ­i­cally be­gin when the weather warms up, and mu­sic may not stop play­ing un­til La­bor Day. Con­certs may range from more in­ti­mate af­fairs that at­tract a few dozen peo­ple to a town square to larger events at beaches and board­walks that draw thou­sands of vis­i­tors.

Food fes­ti­vals:

• Var­i­ous towns close down their Main Streets from time to time to ac­com­mo­date food fes­ti­vals that fea­ture a va­ri­ety of cuisines. Some food fes­ti­vals may fea­ture one in­gre­di­ent, such as gar­lic or cheese, while oth­ers may delve deeper and of­fer broader menus. Food fes­ti­vals al­low vis­i­tors to sam­ple many dif­fer­ent treats and may serve to ad­ver­tise for neigh­bor­hood eat­ing es­tab­lish­ments.

Street fairs:

• Street fairs also may close down thor­ough­fares in town. These events usu­ally bring to­gether a va­ri­ety of ven­dors sell­ing their wares in an open mar­ket set­ting. You can make a day of tour­ing all of the ven­dor booths and buy­ing hand­made items from lo­cal ar­ti­sans.

Out­door movies:

• Lo­cal parks fre­quently host sum­mer movie nights when par­tic­i­pants can view a movie on the big screen while un­der the stars. This can be an in­for­mal way to get the en­tire fam­ily to­gether for a fun flick. Films are typ­i­cally fam­ily-friendly and sched­ules are avail­able well in ad­vance. Bring a blan­ket and some snacks and en­joy an in­ex­pen­sive evening to­gether. Many peo­ple need not travel far for a lit­tle sum­mer­time fun, as many com­mu­ni­ties host fun events through­out the warmer months.

Check the town bul­letin for a list of en­ter­tain­ing sum­mer events right in your own back­yard.

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