Crowd enjoys Borax 20-mule team
A great many people around here owe a big “Thank You” to Donna and Garon Stutzman for their part in bringing the famous Borax 20-mule team to the 4-H Park Sunday.
The Stutzmans, who own Grove Creek Mules outside Centreville, were able to have the 20-mule team stop by Queen Anne’s County before heading over to Washington, D.C., for the national Fourth of July parade. The stopover here certainly attracted a heck of a lot more people than I expected to see. There were hundreds out at the Park to see the mules and a riding display in the Fair horse ring by Rebecca Evans, a renown trainer of both mules and horses. She performed a number of dressage sets on one of two mules she had trained. His name was Tom Collins, world champion green English performance mule; and she then dressed in western gear to ride Miss Junebug, reverse all-around champion mule, with basic western riding maneuvers. I understand Rebecca was born and raised in Bishop, Calif., called the mule capital of the world.
It was tough to get a full picture of the famous 20-mule team as so many people were there looking on, but I hope I got one you can see in this week’s column. Yes, I went over to pat one of the mules that just stood there quietly in the hot sun for everyone to see.
It was an historic event as this is only the second time in 100 years the 20-mule team has been to the East Coast.
••• THE LOUD FOURTH Read somewhere that the American Pyrotechnics Association claims that national citizens bought 207.5 million pounds of fireworks last year, spending a total of $645 million. Now that’s a lot of noise!
••• WE WILL MISS JOANN JoAnn Adams is retiring from the Centreville Post Office and I will certainly miss her smile behind the counter I looked forward to when picking up a package or two.
JoAnn has 30 years in the postal business and feels like it is time to get out and enjoy life other than in the post office.
••• THANKS DONNIE! As always, it is a kick to get notes from my faithful readers and the latest came in from my friend Donnie Galloway, who explained in detail why we have daylight savings time that I mentioned recently.
He writes: “This is what I was told. Farmers needed more productive hours of work, getting more done in a day. Say a farmer got up at 5 a.m. Setting the clock forward in spring the farmer would think it was 5 a.m. when it was really 4 a.m. The farmer would start one hour early. The mind convincing the body that it was 4 a.m. not 5 a.m. Since the days stay longer, sunset would be about 8 or 8:30 p.m., instead of 5 p.m. This would give the farmer a few more hours at night, working 11 to 12 hours a day. The mind again convincing the body that it was about 8 hours. This gives the farmer 3 to 4 more productive hours of work (day plus a half each day instead of a regular day of 8 hours). But this could only be done for six months then we had to fall back one hour to get everything back to normal. (On a personal note: I think it is a conspiracy to make us change every clock in the house one hour forward or back every six months).”
So, that’s my friend Donnie’s explanation!
••• TWO IN TWO MONTHS I look over Sports Illustrated while in the Library once in a while when I get the chance and noticed that I hardly ever saw a Maryland young athlete show up in the weekly feature, “Faces in the Crowd.” But then inside of two months: May and June here are two in a row. It was Mellissa Hexter of Bel Air, who made it in May for her weightlifting bit and on June 26th it was Steph Colson, of Westminster, for her lacrosse prowess. So I shall not complain about SI forgetting about our Maryland athletes anymore.
••• GLAD IT IS OVER Little Maggie does not like fireworks. All the noise puts her in a panic and shaking mood. We have one of those “thundervests” that we can put on her, but she still shakes while the fireworks explode.
Queen Anne’s County residents gathered at the 4-H Park in Centreville on Sunday as the famous Borax 20-mule team stopped while on its way to Fourth of July celebrations in Washington, D.C.