Small town life.

It's one of the things I love about living in Delaware County. It's one of the reasons (ok there were several) I no longer live in a big city like Little Rock.

While I miss my daily dose of Starbucks (yes, other coffee shops will do), and access to a Whole Foods / Fresh Market salad bar, for the most part the benefits of living in a rural area outweigh the negative factors.

This weekend is one of the shining examples of what makes a small town great.

This will be my fifth Huckleberry festival, but my first as the editor of the Delaware County Journal. I've loved coming into town on this holiday weekend in the past to help shoot the fun events.

My favorites always include the parade. You can't beat a great parade. I've also loved shooting the fireworks as they burst overhead.

I still have the image of Eric Gibe crossing the finish line in heels - in the 2013 High Heel race (anyone want the photo for blackmail?), and I love capturing the smiles of children taking part in the frog jump or fireman's spray.

There's always something fun to do at Huckleberry festival. This year's schedule is packed full of items.

Wanna run in a 5K - there's a race on Saturday. Want to bake up your favorite fruit or huckleberry pie? Remember to enter it during Saturday's contest as well. 

Have a car to show off? The annual car show is the place to be Saturday. Want to check out an assortment of arts and crafts? I hear the Delaware County Community Building is going to be overflowing with arts and craft goodness. 

I often hear the lament, there's nothing to do in a small town. This weekend's Huckleberry Festival should blow that theory out of the water.

Thanks to all of the volunteers for making this a spectacular festival. Your hard work may go on behind the scenes, but it's not unnoticed. We know without your hours of sweat equity, we would not be celebrating the 50th anniversary this weekend.

So here's to the Huckleberry festival. May your berries be blue (or is it purple), and may your joy be so contagious that it lasts until next year's celebration.

Kaylea M. Hutson-Miller is the managing editor of The Grove Sun and Delaware County Journal. Have an idea for a column or story? She can be reached at or 918-786-2228.