June is passing by quickly and I cannot believe that July 4 is a week away from today.

June is passing by quickly and I cannot believe that July 4 is a week away from today.

In celebration of our country’s independence, Granby will host their 30th Old Mining Town Days event, which starts Friday and concludes on Sunday (see preview story in Sunday, June 23 edition). The second event this weekend is Neosho’s Celebrate Neosho – held on Saturday (also see Sunday’s edition for a preview story).

When I was of driving age, my brother and our friends went over to Granby to see the three-day event.

There are numerous things during OMTD from the carnival to visiting various arts and craft booths to talking with friends, to the parade to eating food at the different vendors and of course, the fireworks.

Fast-forward a few years to when I started covering OMTD for the Daily News. One of the things that I have done was to cover the Granby Lions Club 5K Run. After taking photos of the beginning of the race, when the runners and the walkers would come back into the finishing line, I helped Lions Club members take the numbers of the participants.

Another event that I truly do enjoy is the Granby car show.

I have learned a lot over the years from attending these car shows from the types of motors to how long it took people to restore the cars. One car that I truly enjoy learning about is a Model T. Growing up, I heard stories about my grandparents driving a Model T. It was really neat to see what was in the Model T versus the cars today. It is really neat to have the car enthusiasts talk about how they found their vehicles, restored them and the amount of miles they drive. But there are other vehicles that show up at the car show. For instance, there are the muscle cars, the sports cars and even the new cars. So remember, if you enjoy looking at cars, then Saturday’s OMTD car show might be for you.

On the Neosho event, I have had a lot of people comment on the festivities from last year, and they are looking forward to this year’s event – including the fireworks and also the aerobatic show by Kyle Franklin in his “Dracula” biplane.

Remember, both Neosho or Granby’s events this weekend. There will be something for everyone. Stay cool and have a safe Fourth of July next week.

Todd G. Higdon is a staff writer and writes a weekly column for the Neosho Daily News. He can be reached at tghigdon@neoshodailynews.com. Follow him on twitter at  @toddghigdonNDN.