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Sylvia Burton - Special for The Stokes News

They say April showers bring May flowers. We should have May flowers galore! I talked with Anna Dunkley this morning and she said as of Tuesday morning; Francisco had four and one half inches of rain since it started. Since we had a rain deficit, we needed every drop.

Now, let’s talk about the Francisco Community Market Day we are having Saturday, April 29. Beginning at 7:30 am, the Francisco Ladies Auxiliary will be serving a full country breakfast with gravy, biscuits, country ham, sausage, grits, eggs, and apples. If you’re not an early bird, after 9 am, country ham biscuits and sausage biscuits will be served. So come and get your belly full, so you can enjoy the activities across the road at the school grounds. At 9:00 am, the fun begins here. The Forestry Helicopter will land and be on display all day, so will all the Francisco firetrucks and the Stokes County EMS truck. Kids’ activities, such as the bounce houses and fun with the firehose will also be taking place at that time. Surry Yadkin EMC will host a high voltage demonstration and Sharon McGeeney, from On The Move Personal Training can give you advice on how to kick start your exercise routine. The vendors will be open for business, selling all kinds of goodies and the Farmers’ Market will have their fresh produce. From 10:30-11:30, we will have a tractor, four-wheeler, chainsaw, bush-hog safety demonstration. This should be very interesting to watch as well as be very helpful since most everyone around here has at least one tractor or four-wheeler. We have eight musical groups scheduled starting at 10 am, so put your dancing shoes on and dance till 6 pm. If you dance, you are going to get hungry, yeah, we got that covered too! Hot dogs with all the fixins will be available from 11 am to 5 pm. From 10 – 11 am, 2 sessions of hands only CPR classes will be taught and at 12 noon the AirCare Helicopter will land. Tickets will be sold on a beautiful walnut sofa table handcrafted by Bill Hart. We also have several decorative yard and garden items donated by Slicks Pottery from Highway 103 in Surry County, which we will sell tickets on. As you can see, we have something for everyone. The weather is supposed to be gorgeous that day, so come out and have a fun filled day with the family!

Thank you to the Stokes County Sherriff’s Department for their response to the vandalism that occurred at the Francisco School two weeks ago. I hope these young people learned that folks ‘round here don’t take too kindly to actions such as theirs. But we can forgive, it just may take a while to trust.

Sylvia Burton

Special for The Stokes News

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