Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

Lifestyles

September 4, 2012

Pioneer Day is fun for kids of all ages

CROSSVILLE — Remember your grandparents Sept. 11, which is National Grandparents Day. It has been said that it takes a whole village to help raise up a child. They learn something from every person in their life that helps to shape them into the person that they are to become.

Retired veterinarian Jim Everett worked tirelessly for 45 years to help all kinds of creatures, great and small, domestic to exotic. He is currently the state veterinary medical examiner, inspecting animal clinics covering East and Middle Tennessee. He makes sure each clinic meets the state health laws for their facility in good animal care, with well maintained records. He has a good reputation in the community and state.

Everett passes his standards on to his grandkids. In an effort to help raise his granddaughters, Janele, 10, and Jalene, 12, he is teaching them responsibility and good work ethics, something most kids today are missing. The girls, which are home schooled, help the family in caring for their 10 horses and six ponies — feeding, watering, cleaning stalls and grooming the beautiful animals.

Everett will be at Pioneer Day again this year with his girls not because he has to, but because he says it is good for all the kids. They offer pony rides for the kids at $5 a ride, with profits going into the girls college funds. The girls really enjoy helping the kids ride.

Children get so excited over ponies, but there is so much more to do. The National Guard Climbing Wall, one of three in the state, will be set up for everyone who thinks they can go to the top. There will be face painting, make-and-take-it title painting, games and cake walks. The tractor club will be doing kiddie train rides and then they can ride the horse and wagon rides for free. Make pictures and memories as you talk to the soldiers, look–a-like cowboys and Native Americans, like performer and educator Ed Wind Dancer.

Enjoy the all the music and stock up on special handmade crafts for holiday presents for all those folks on your list that are hard to buy something for. There will be a lot of good food venders this year, so come hungry and plan on trying something special after you work up a good appetite having fun with your kids. There will be pork chops, ribs, barbecue and much more just to get your taste buds started. You can also take homemade treats home for later.

The Stone Memorial and Cumberland County high schools art students will be having a contest for their best artist. This year's theme will be “Tools, Past and Present.” The work will be on display at the festival.

Plan on taking your kids and grandkids to the 28th year of the Pioneer and Heritage Day Festival, the largest fundraiser of the year for Fair Park Senior Center. The center provides educational, arts, social and fitness programs for older adults. It is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is across the street from the fairgrounds at 1433 Livingston Rd.

If you are over 55, you really should plan to visit the center to see what it has to offer you. Visit the center’s website at http://www.fairparkseniorcenter.org to keep up-to-date on the latest programs and activities that are being offered, as well as online versions of the center’s monthly newsletter “Newsline.” For more information about the center, call Tina at 484-7416.

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