When I moved to Thomson about four years ago, one of my earlier stories was inspired by the Tourism Board about how there's nothing to do in Thomson. At that time, the board was addressing the problem of hotel clerks telling out-of-town guests to travel to Augusta for their entertainment. The Tourism Board, now the Convention and Visitors Bureau, has come a long way since then. Today, visitors actually travel to Thomson for pleasure and entertainment, rather than just look for some while they are stopping over for the night.
This weekend, nobody - and I mean nobody - can have the excuse that they're bored in McDuffie County. The annual Car Show at the Depot is fun for everybody, no matter your age and no matter if you like cars or not. The show features a motorcycle run this year, and a local Relay for Life team also is sponsoring a motorcycle run on Saturday.
Dearing residents can get into spring cleaning Saturday during the annual community clean-up and free trash dumping on North Main Street for Dearing residents. Even if you don't clean up yourself, you can drive down the road and see your Town Council members picking up trash along the roadway.
Local history enthusiasts will have a choice of events with a Confederate Memorial service taking place at the Warrenton Cemetery and a spotlight/preservation event taking place at the Rock House. Both events are Saturday, with the Warrenton event starting at 1 p.m. and the Rock House event starting at 3 p.m.
For sports lovers, the Thomson High School Bulldogs baseball team is playing a game at 1 p.m. on Saturday at the high school.
And finally, it's the junior-senior prom at Thomson High. To see the local young people decked out in their best, attend the grand march at 6:30 p.m. in front of the school.
Because May is just around the corner, I know the Relay for Life events will be in full swing this week-end, also. Just check out our special RFL events calendar on Page 2A.
I encourage everyone to take advantage of all these opportunities. Just consider it job security for me, Jason and Billy. Because the more you participate, the more we have to take pictures of. And while you're at your particular event, think about how you can help out next year. Because none of these events would be possible without hard working volunteers. Then you could write a column, or letter, about your experience, and send it to our editor. By doing so, you never know who else you might inspire to become active in the community. But please, when you're writing, don't mess with my job security.