There is hardly a weekend that passes in Warren County between June and August when you can't find a celebration of one sort or another.
This week, it is the 49th Annual Sheffield Fireman's Festival, which builds to a crescendo today and Saturday with a carnival and the annual Firemen's Festival Parade.
There are some traditions that transcend political argument and social upheaval, and summer festivals are one of them. They are times to set aside our troubles and angst and greet one another as neighbors and friends.
Sheffield, as the sign proudly proclaims, in the heart of the Allegheny National Forest, is throwing a party and everyone is invited.
Tonight's activities include the midway carnival that has been operating through the week, music and drawings for bicycles and cash prizes. Saturday will feature the Firemen's Water Battle at 9 a.m., the parade at 4 p.m. and fireworks around 10:30 p.m. We don't mention the givens, such as food, games and camaraderie.
Stop by and join in Sheffield's party.
Coming up are Pleasant Days and the Grand Valley Homecoming, not to mention hot air balloon rides at the Rouse. That's just the rest of July. August offers the Warren County Fair and the Boonies International Film Festival among other events.