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Barry Lewis is a Journal Review reporter. He can be reached by e-mail at blewis@jrpress.com.

Posted: Saturday, July 30, 2011 1:15 am

This week begins festival time.

While there have been a few local festivals this summer, August is like the beginning of the hard core festival period. Starting this week with the Ladoga Fish Fry this Thursday and running through the Waynetown and New Market Fish Frys in mid September the small-town festivals are ready to roll.

For many of these towns this is one of, if not the biggest, events for our area towns for the entire year. It’s when friends and family get a chance to meet one another, spend some quality time together and eat some of the best food around.

In addition to the Ladoga Fish Fry this coming week, the annual Wingate Sweet Corn Festival will take place one week from today. I know a festival dedicated entirely to sweet corn? Sounds crazy, but I bet you they will sell out again this year. 

It’s not really about eating that fish sandwich (of which every town thinks they serve the best). It’s not about getting your belly full of that delicious locally grown sweet corn. It is about supporting one another. It’s about keeping traditions alive. It’s about building community pride.

All of these festivals raise money for a variety of special events. The money always stays here. It could be used for some kind of scholarships. It might be for a community project. It might be to help someone in the area who is in need of some assistance.

Sure, it has been hot out there recently and it will probably be hot next week, but try to get out and support one or both of the two events next week. 

After the Ladoga Fish Fry and Wingate Sweet Corn Festival, what else in on the schedule? Here is a quick look:

• Darlington Old Fashioned Days (Sept. 9-10)

• New Ross Community Day (Sept. 10)

• Waynetown Fish Fry (Sept. 15-17)

• New Market Fish Fry (Sept. 17)

Of course there is one more big event in the middle of all of these festivals at the annual Taste of Montgomery County on the grounds of the Lew Wallace Study and Museum is scheduled for Aug. 27. While it is not in one of our smaller towns it has become a popular activity and is definitely worth attending.

That is six different towns and festivals to hit in the next six weeks. Surely, you can make it to a few of them. You will be glad you did.