This week begins what will be a couple of wild months right through the July 4 weekend. Hard to believe we're actually already talking about the Fourth of July, but that's less than two months away already. Between now and then, however, is what can only be termed a busy couple of months, kicked off this weekend by graduation in four area schools - Red Rock Ridge Alternative Learning Center, Windom Area and Mt. Lake Public on Friday and Westbrook-Walnut Grove on Sunday. Actually, graduation is probably the least busy activity of these next two months and probably one of the most enjoyable. Can you tell me one person who doesn't enjoy attending not only the ceremony itself, but the plethora of receptions that precede and follow the big day? Food of every kind is now fair game at a graduation reception. I've seen breakfast receptions - yes, eggs, waffles, French toast and pancakes. I've seen brunch receptions. I've seen burgers and brats served at a reception. I've seen tacos and a variety of other Mexican fare at a reception. And, of course, I've devoured much cake, ice cream, ham and creamed chicken sandwiches over the years. I must say, I like it all. But aside from graduation, there's still plenty of other activity happening as the school year draws to a close. And the primary reason I bring this to your attention is that you'll be seeing plenty of school photos probably well into June. As usual, a number of events are packed into the final weeks of school, much of which are prime photo opportunities. So, if you don't see an event that happened recently, hang in there, it's probably coming. For instance, I had to put a hold on photos from the Windom FFA banquet and Conservation Integration Day at Tegels Park. There will be photos from Tuesday's Pops Concert and Middle School Awards Day. I also have photos from the Winfair Elementary Bike Rodeo waiting in the wings and I know there will be more. We've got it covered, but we just have to find the space to share it. Miss Riverfest And if the school activities aren't enough, we throw Miss Riverfest - and Junior Miss Riverfest - into the mix. Voting for Miss Photogenic starts today. You can vote for the most photogenic Miss Riverfest candidate and, new this year, the most photogenic Junior Miss Riverfest candidate. You can vote in person at the Windom Chamber of Commerce office, or you can vote online at www.windomnews.com. Yes, the Citizen is once again hosting the voting for Miss Photogenic and we encourage you to go to our site and select the link to the Miss Photogenic page and vote for who you consider most photogenic. The pageant directors also have added a Junior Miss Riverfest Pageant this year, which will be held during the Miss Riverfest Pageant. The Junior Miss pageant features five girls who will be completing seventh grade Friday. You can read all about the pageants on page 6 of this issue. OK, take one more deep breath because we have the community celebrations revving up starting June 7. Community events As the school year winds down, the community celebrations gear up. Windom's Riverfest celebration kicks off a string of Cottonwood County community draws throughout the month of June. Riverfest officially runs from June 7-9, even though the City-wide garage sale is June 1 and the Miss Riverfest Pageant is June 3. Then, Mt. Lake takes center stage with its Pow Wow celebration June 14-18. Jeffers and Westbrook wind up the community events when Jeffers hosts Outlaw Days and Westbrook hosts Fun Days, both June 27-30. If you're a baseball fan, you can also take in several youth baseball tournaments June 15-16 and June 22-23 at Island Park and the Windom Rec Area. Then, before you know it, Cottonwood County's Relay For Life is here July 26 and the Cottonwood County Fair Aug. 14-17. And for those schools that are part of the Flexible Learning Year, the 2013-14 school year starts again on Aug. 19. If you're looking for a little rest, perhaps that period, July 1 to 26, things hopefully slow to a snail's pace and we all can enjoy a little summer. Golf underway I'm at least a couple of weeks behind in getting the morning golf season underway at the Windom Country Club, but the first nine of the season was finally played Tuesday morning. It was absolutely beautiful. And a big hats-off and "thank you" goes out to the club members who volunteered time and equipment to clear the many downed branches from the course after last month's ice storm. Wow! The course is in great shape. So, shake off the rust and enjoy a round soon.