August 16-23 was spent meeting people at the Crawford County Fair while at the county Democratic Party booth. We had mostly pleasant weather with only one off and on rainy day. I was able to make over 140 strong contacts.
We were also registering, changing party or changing address for voters as an outreach service. I am happy to pass along that our efforts netted 40 forms completed with over one third of those changing party! Another exciting accomplishment for the county party was the securing of a headquarters through the end of November. The address is 926 Diamond Park, Meadville, Pennsylvania and all persons who wish to get more active in our party at the local level are encouraged visit. We will be set up soon and have our first monthly meeting in the facility September 4 at 7 PM. Our chairman, Pat Donahue, wants everyone to know that we have signs and literature for all candidates. All of us who are candidates need you to help by phone banking, knocking, contributing and taking yard signs. It is my personal goal to have signs only in individuals yards and all polling places. I am not a fan of intersection littering which happens every political season.
The mountain top experience of the week at the fair was assisting two 72 year old citizens as they registered to vote for the first time. If there was a second it would have been explaining to a 5 year old what was the purpose of political parties. Turn on teacher mode. I think he understood….he smiled and said thank you!
Finally, fair food and fair events….my personal favorites – locally made ice cream (hand dipped and soft serve), fresh baked pies, fresh cut french fries and sausage sandwiches with peppers and onions. The event – draft horse pulling contest.
Events this week – school begins for students in our district August 27, celebration of the 19th amendment on the capitol steps tomorrow, August 26 and my high school class reunion this Saturday, August 30.