I was fortunate to be able to get out of the Twin Cities for a brief weekend trip for the third weekend in a row. It was great to spend another evening on a lake with friends, this time in central Wisconsin near the town of Stone Lake. While this weekend's trip was primarily for work with the ASMP-MSP board, we worked hard throughout the day Saturday to plan this year's local event schedule. With business finished, we had a great evening around a fire, and this morning I could leisurely make my way home. The route back to the Cities passes through a lot of small towns, and suddenly as I entered the town of Cumberland I began to notice chairs lining the road, ready for a parade. In the center of town a large banner hung across the road announcing the 81st Annual Rutabaga Festival. With no firm schedule, I found a parking spot on the far side of town, and walked back to explore. The heat and humidity was approaching unbearable levels, so many people set their chairs along the road to reserve their prime seating, but had disappeared indoors or under a tree to seek a little respite. And while there were a lot of empty chairs before the parade, by the start every one of those chairs was full.