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Though the year hasn't reached the halfway point yet, I've gotten to cover some really neat stories of late.

In my last column, you may recall, I talked about having covered "Bulldogs on Broadway," and how much I really enjoyed myself. Well, this past weekend, I had a similar experience covering the 15th Annual Blind Willie McTell Blues Festival near Thomson.

I must confess, publicly, that I simply had a blast!

I've never before heard such great blues music by such great entertainers as the ones who performed on a stage in a large field off Stagecoach Road last Saturday night. Though I didn't take a survey of those attending, I'd be willing to bet that many of them were in my same shoes.

Truly, it was a terrific day, even though it was another one of those busy Saturdays in McDuffie County.

I set out early that morning to cover the Fishing Fun Day at the state ponds near Dearing. The event, sponsored by the Thomson Housing Authority, drew 292 children of all ages up to 15. That's always a delightful event to cover, too. Watching kids catch fish with relatives is always a lot of fun. And it's a great way to introduce children to the great outdoors and to the sport of fishing.

Then I went to Thomson High School where I covered the Thomson Force girls' softball game and had a little more fun. Afterwards, I journeyed to the Boys and Girls Club of Thomson where I was entertained by children of all ages - everyone there with one thing in mind - to have fun!

And fun they had. Even older people, such as Sonny Poss, thrilled those there by revealing that you are never too old to enjoy yourself. Mr. Poss removed his shoes and made his way up a ladder of an inflatable playground and later slid down - getting a rousing applause from those who watched as he crawled out a small opening, designed with kids in mind.

Kids of all ages seemed to really enjoy themselves. They were treated with hotdogs, potato chips and other snacks - all compliments of officials with the Boys and Girls Club of Thomson. The event was held to kick off their summer program.

As soon as it concluded, I returned to the newspaper office where I sat down and wrote some more stories. Seems of late, that's where I find myself a lot.

After covering a couple of other assignments, my boss, Jason Smith, telephoned mentioning that I should come to the Blues Festival and that he thought I'd have a good time. And boy, was he ever right!

I arrived and began having a wonderful time that lingered through Mavis Staples' performance. I got a chance to shoot some nice photographs and even got another story from it.

Yes, another fun-filled day for me!

Web posted on Thursday, May 15, 192008

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