So much to do, so little time to do it

The Floyd County Livestock Show and Fair on Saturday.
The Floyd County Livestock Show and Fair on Saturday.

Blogger Fred First hoped to lead a group on nature hikes at the Floyd County Fair Saturday.

Oops.  Make it one on the nature hike.  In a post on Facebook, Fred said there was just one at the nature hike to learn about the flora and fauna in and around Chantilly Farm.

Wrote Fred:

Nature walk at Chantilly / County Fair: grand total of 1.

This says something I think about where our hearts are. The increasing indifference to the natural world over the years concerns me not a little.

Not sure it was indifference Fred.  Over-saturation on things to do and places to go may be more on point.

Saturday in and around Floyd was one of those days with a lot of things to do.  The weekly listing from the county’s tourism bureau listed eight things happening in our small community during the day — several at the same time as the Fair:  Farmers Market, Yard Sale at Citizen’s Telephone, Americana Afternoon at the Floyd Country Store and other activities that provided options and possible conflicts.

Such conflicts are not unusual.  Floyd has become a “happening place” (to borrow an old cliche).  As someone who tries to make a living covering such events for The Floyd Press, I run into schedule conflicts all the time.

Friday night, for example, saw conflicts between photographing The Friday Night Jamboree and the street music, the FCHS football game at James River in Buchanan or the Bull Riding show that kicked off the Fair.

Couldn’t be everywhere, so bull riding got the nod.

Same for Saturday.  I spent the afternoon shooting photos at the Fair but had to leave to cover the Ignite Floyd Concert in Lineberry Park and missed the Haggard Show that ended the Fair.

I had hoped to get back to the fair to catch some of the Haggard concert but I aggravated the Achilles tendon in my left leg and was walking on it gingerly by the end of the day.

Will be at football homecoming this coming Friday, one of several items on another upcoming busy weekend.

So many things to do, so little time to get them all in.

3 Responses to So much to do, so little time to do it

  1. We are (mostly pleasantly) busy in the county, to be sure. We constantly have to make choices of where we go to be fed, entertained or engaged in meaningful recreation or travel.

    But my experience of the past decade is that fewer are making the choice to expand their knowledge of the part of the planet where we live. Even though we are a rural community, our school kids by and large (with some home-schooled exceptions) are about as uninformed as city kids when it comes to forest ecology, stream biology or the living processes of Earth in general. Low or no participation in events like the one scheduled at the County Fair only reinforces the notion that this kind of attempt to educate and expand nature literacy is more and more out of favor. A new approach is called for to make such things compete in the marketplace of possible ways to spend an hour in Floyd County or anywhere else.

    It is a fact that our educations from end to end do less and less to make us Earth-aware. There is essentially no such thing as a college-educated “naturalist” by intention of curriculum. THose few that exist are self-made. Our children’s books and even young-people dictionaries are replacing nature words with digital tech topics and terms.

    What we don’t see, we don’t know. What we don’t know we don’t care about. What we don’t care about we won’t protect. Hence my FB whine.

    • Fred,
      As one of the “educators” you speak negatively about, I respectfully disagree with your conclusions. I am sorry that your event was not better attended, but to then blame this on the school system and on our county’s youth is neither fair or accurate. I teach horticulture and natural resources classes at the high school, and I invite you to visit one of my classes to experience the enthusiasm these kids have for the outdoors and all of the learning opportunities it provides. Their enthusiasm is truly inspiring. Maybe it isn’t the case every where in this country, but here in Floyd, our kids have a tremendous respect and admiration for the natural world, and they appreciate that Floyd is truly remarkable in this regards. I take every opportunity I can as an educator to bring them outdoors to study forest ecology, watersheds, etc., and the school system has always fully supported and encouraged this approach to education. So I disagree with your conclusions that there is no interest in this subject amongst our youth anymore, and that tour schools do not encourage this. I better inform our school’s forestry team, which is currently working hard to prepare for our first competition next week, that apparently hey have no interest in this subject, so there’s no point in continuing on (despite the 20+ other schools in our region that regularly compete in these competitions, bringing over 100 kids with them to test their skills and knowledge amongst each other in forestry studies)..

      I do agree that we have to resist the ever-encroaching dominance of technology in our society that may lure kids away from spending more time outdoors. But this cause is far from hopeless, at least from my experiences as a teacher here in Floyd. Again, I’m sorry your event was not better attended, I would have enjoyed the walk had I been able to attend.
      Respectfully,
      Joe Tesauro
      Horticulture and Life Sciences Teacher
      Floyd County High School

  2. I must agree with a statement made earlier on another post. Many folks, I am one, live close to Nature 24 hrs a day – 7 days a week. I know trees, plants, season changing differences, etc. as many others in our area make their work (and I use that word hesitantly, should use pleasure) to know everything they can about this place we call home. I would not write folks off so abruptly with such judgment as I feel you fall short in your observation of so many in the population. I feel you would have had a much larger turn out in another venue and also I saw absolutely no advertising on fb or otherwise. I do not get the Press so maybe there was one there, The drawing things at the fair were bull riding, music, kid things, fire works. Don’t feel so downhearted about the number. There were other things offered that happen more infrequently than a Nature walk. I do see herbalists and bird watchers and others offering walk and Nature hikes here, but not at a large venue, as a single offering.