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Last Breath of Summer Magic
Lynn Jett Author - Life is an Adventure- Live it.
For teenagers growing up in the country, everyone looks forward to the County fair. Held at the end of summer these fairs are one last breath of summer magic when anything can happen.
Growing up on a small ranch in Northwestern New Mexico, we learned responsibility at a young age while enjoying a freedom that few ever have the opportunity to experience. In the summers we worked hard in that beautiful rugged country but our imaginations allowed us ride with Butch Cassidy and we found joy in the simple things like a special swimming hole, or a brand new fishing pole. But the greatest joy the summer of my fifteenth year was the County Fair and Rodeo held over Labor Day weekend it was the last breath of summer magic when anything can happen.
Our imaginary rides with Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid grew more daring as we gathered cattle in the canyon lands. We knew the Hole in the Wall hangout was somewhere in the canyon but could we find their hideout in time with school lurking around the bend?
On our annual cattle drive down from the summer pasture, we sat around the campfire on the Pinion covered banks of Bluewater Lake. My cousin Joe wondered out loud, “How did the great wise rainbow trout escape our lures for yet another summer?”
Then like last year and the year before, my kid brother Billy said with the innocence and wisdom of an eleven year old, “Well at least there’s the County Fair.” A smile spread thorough the group as visions of the Fair captured our somber faces.