School bells will be ringing soon — ready or not. When I was young, this was a wonderful time of year. We kids got new clothes and school supplies. Our supplies were really simple — pencil, paper, paste, maybe some little scissors and a ruler was pretty much all there was to it.

Just before school, a carnival or circus came through the country and that was the last of our summer events. From then on, it was in school every day and homework every night. We did have the county fair which was held after school had started.

There will be a special event in Neosho just before school that I hope everyone will turn out for. A car show is scheduled for the fish hatchery on Aug. 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The show will feature PT Cruisers, and about 15 or so are scheduled to be there for people to look at.

The area PT Cruiser Club is coming to Neosho to show off these neat little cars. And they love to show them off and talk about them. These are unique little cars that were designed like the cars of the 1930s, but they are very modern. The PT club is very excited about coming to Neosho and having a show so I hope the town supports them. If you have a PT, I’m sure you will want to come and compare notes.

By the way, I have learned that PT stands for personal transportation.

If you come out to the car show, while you are at the hatchery, don’t forget to walk over the grounds and stop in at the Visitor Center. The grounds are lovely this time of year. There is much to see in the Visitor Center and I know you will be welcome at both places. I think there is also a birthday party going on that day, somewhere outside.

The following weekend, the summer social will be held on the Neosho Square. There will be lots of events and lots of fun I am sure.  I think there will be a bedstead race which should be fun. So take it all in before hitting the books.

Russell and I are off on a short trip to Wisconsin and Minnesota soon. We have been invited to a groundbreaking in Wisconsin and then we will slip over to Minnesota to have a short visit with family. When we went to Michigan last month, it was 100 degrees and the locals were very unhappy about the weather. Maybe it will be cooler in Wisconsin and Minnesota, although August can be very warm. We’ll just have to wait and see. Regardless of the weather, it will be good to see old friends and relatives.

The Friends of the Neosho National Fish Hatchery got a donation from a charitable trust recently. I think the man responsible for that will be at the groundbreaking so Russell and I will get to thank him personally.

So summer activities are winding down and soon we will be looking at school-related activities. Every season has something to look forward to.

Kay Hively writes a weekly column for the Daily News.