Roasted corn on the cob on a stick is one of my favorite Fall Festival indulgences. This weekend, our little city will barricade several blocks in the heart of downtown for the 40th annual Fall Festival. The streets will be lined with vendors. Music from live bands will replace the sounds of traffic. The air will be filled with the aroma of deep fried delicacies.

After lots of walking, shopping and nibbling on snacks on sticks, I plan to recuperate on the porch. The first porch I will visit resides downtown. Hubby and I will probably share a snack and bottle of wine while we chat with neighbors and listen to the live bands. The next porch will be that of a neighbor. We will unwind with more snacks and do some strategizing for upcoming neighborhood events. The last porch will be ours, as I sit for just a few more minutes to gaze at the moon glimmering through the branches of our 100-year-old oak.

We wonít cook this weekend, but we will eat a lot. We wonít head to the mall, but we will do lots of shopping. And while we will get plenty of porch-sitting opportunities, the miles we will walk at the festival will keep us active enough to burn the calories inherent in fair cuisine served on a stick.

Micki Bare, mother of three, wife, writer and content strategist is the author of Thurston T. Turtle books.
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