Francisco News

Sylvia Burton - Special for The Stokes News

We had just a little taste of fall last week. It was wonderful. We even slept with the windows up one night. I love those cool mornings; now especially, since I don’t have to get up at 4 a.m. and be in the tobacco field at 6 a.m. and prime. I remember the dew being so heavy on the plants that it would drain off like rain water. It wouldn’t take long to be wet and cold. Really, I don’t miss that.

Please get your tractor photos in this week. I talked with Texie Jessup and she said they are really coming in now from all over. I would not want to be a judge for this contest. Remember, the top thirteen photographs will be displayed at the Francisco FarmFest September 22. There, the photo that receives the most votes will be on the cover of next years’ tractor calendar. Please send your best pictures of your favorite tractor to Our Communities of NW Stokes, 7104 NC 89 West, Westfield, NC 27053. It does not cost anything to enter. All photos must be received by September 5.

We will have a community work day Tuesday, September 4, beginning at 5 p.m., at the former Francisco School Playground. This is to get the area ready for our Francisco FarmFest to be held there September 22. Anyone that would like to volunteer to help with the clean-up and organizing, please feel free to come and help. We need all the help we can get.

We are also still looking for vendors and farmers who may be interested in selling their products at the FarmFest. All products must be handmade or homegrown. If interested in this, please contact Susie Parker at

Our local schools started back this week. Please keep in mind that the school buses are on the roads again. Children are excited, especially the younger ones, about returning and may not pay close attention to the traffic around them. Be extra careful when approaching a stopped school bus and by all means, stop. Accidents can happen too quickly.

Sylvia Burton

Special for The Stokes News