So, I received an invitation late Friday evening to go camping this weekend.
Typically, the weekends are full of lots of colorful things, other than the laundry that I find myself doing on Sundays.
But I digress.
I spent Saturday afternoon and night at Lake Monroe south of Bloomington with friends, sitting out by the lake, cooking over a campfire.
You know, camping.
It was relaxing. To a certain degree.
While I sat by the campfire, dog-tired, mind you, as I spent Friday evening performing an acoustic show and was up for nearly 24 hours before going on the trip, I couldn't help but wonder what was coming up for Monday morning.
How were we going to get through what I've become to know as the worst week of the year?
Actually, it's unfair to call it the worst week of the year.
It's quite fun to cover featury-type stories regarding youth who are competing against each other.
It's fun to take pictures of all of the kids when they win.
The smiles on their faces say it all. They are so happy to have received recognition from a panel of judges who spent time mulling over all of those entries.
But it's also very tiresome.
That's where the camping came in.
I really wanted to get away for a couple of days to clear my head and prepare for what was set up for this coming week.
Yet, all I could think about was all of the pictures, all of the results we were going to have to spell check and place on pages.
Still, I'm ready for the challenge. And I'm quite certain that Brazil Times' staffers Jason Jacobs, CC Brackman and Ivy Jackson are also ready for the challenge.
It will be a lot of fun. Once again, those smiles are something to look for.
The Brazil Times has scheduled photograph times of winners (Grand Champions and Reserve Grand Champions) for 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
A staffer will be at the fairgrounds at that time each day to take pictures.
Some pictures have already been taken and will appear in the paper.
We have already started covering the fair. Some events, for example, took place last week, and photos of winners will appear in special sections this week of those competitors.
The Brazil Times will prepare a special section of fair results and photos Tuesday through Friday. It will be inserted into the regular paper.
In addition, featury-type stories will appear in the regular paper as often as we can get the information and put it together.
We are ready for the onslaught. We are preparing for hours upon hours of time spent at the fairgrounds. Are you?