THE FIRST day of fall won't be until Sept. 22 but despite any such notation on the calendar, it has already figuratively arrived.
Granted, leaves haven't given up their greenery for the autumn extravaganza of colors, but schools are in session, football games are being played and there also are some cool mornings. To many, Labor Day marks the beginning of fall.
National political conventions, another name for political cheerleading sessions, have begun as preparations continue for the big November event. Many people will be relieved when the election arrives after being inundated with pictures of smiling presidential candidates as they scramble for votes.
IN ADDITION to school-related and athletic activities, there's plenty to do in the next few weeks in the area.
Fort Henry Days will be Saturday and Sunday at Oglebay Park, and it will mark a milestone on the area's history. It will be the 230th anniversary of Betty Zane's run for the gunpowder to save Fort Henry. Her heroic action wasn't mentioned in a report given by her brother, Col. Ebenezer Zane, to a general, but she did receive outstanding credit. President Theodore Roosevelt once called her, "the foremost American heroine."
Another look back in time will be given Friday and Saturday at the Holloway Old-Timers Festival.
An early September event with variety will be the Belmont County Fair planned Sept. 4-9. Following on the heels of that fair will be the Guernsey County Fair, Sept. 10-16, at Old Washington.
Also, in September, everything doesn't range from apples to oranges, but could be said to include apples, pumpkins and other special events.
A noteworthy occurrence will occur Sept. 14-15 in Shadyside, spotlighting its centennial.
The Sternwheel Festival at Heritage Port, Wheeling, will be Sept. 13-15.
Johnny Appleseed undoubtedly would be proud of Smithfield Sept. 21-23 when that village's Apple Festival is scheduled. Another garden product will be emphasized Sept. 27-30 at the Barnesville Pumpkin Festival.
October will include activities such as Oglebayfest, Oct. 5-7, and the Belmont County Rubberneck Tour, Oct. 7.
A CORNUCOPIA is often associated with autumn and abundance, and a horn of plenty also holds true for the area's varied offerings.