Pick A Little, Talk A Little, Cheep-cheep-cheep

After watching last Saturday night’s performance of “The Music Man” at Worthington’s Memorial Auditorium, I can’t seem to get the “Pick a little, talk a little, cheep-cheep-cheep” song out of my head!

Standing outside the bright orange fence surrounding the 4-H dog show’s agility course Monday morning … “Pick a little, talk a little, cheep-cheep-cheep.”

Trying to come up with a lead for a story at my desk on Tuesday afternoon … “Pick a little, talk a little, cheep-cheep-cheep.”

Standing in line at the 4-H Food Stand Thursday afternoon … “Pick a little, talk a little, cheep-cheep-cheep.”

By now, you probably have the chant chugging along like a choo-choo train through your brain. I’m sorry.

Let me just say … “Pick a little, talk a little, pick a little, talk a little, cheep-cheep-cheep, talk a lot, pick a little more.”

There, now I think it is out of my system!

In all seriousness, many kudos to the men and women, boys and girls who spent countless hours of their summer learning the lines and the lyrics to create such a wonderful show.

I had no idea Nobles County Library Director Julie Wellnitz, aka Marian the Librarian, had such a wonderful singing voice; nor did I know that Colin O’Donnell, whose family lives just a couple of miles away from the farm where I grew up, has an uncanny knack for playing the role of Harold Hill. And little Riley Widboom as Winthrop, well, he made my mom and me laugh with his incredibly well-practiced lisp.

The cast will perform three more shows this weekend, starting tonight and ending with a matinee on Sunday.

Also this weekend, of course, is the Nobles County Fair.

For the first time ever, I went to Wednesday night’s NTPA Nationals and the two words I must remember for next year are: “Ear Plugs.” Holy smokes, did it get loud! I feared having to say “huh?” and “what?” during my string of interviews Thursday afternoon while talking with 4-H poultry exhibitors, so I used my trusty recorder for playback.

The tractor and truck pulling event drew a huge crowd and, all in all, I’d have to say it was fair — an International won the first round, and a John Deere won the second. I guess that little John Deere-loving Godson of mine has taught me when it comes to tractor colors we all have to compromise sometimes! (That said, I need to find some Case-IH garb to wear next year if the pullers return!) It’s all in fun, right?

Fun is the name of the game when it comes to Fair Week in Nobles County. I’m not sure if our fair coverage can be considered work or play —it’s likely a little bit of both.

Thursday morning I gave my cousin’s boy a high-five for his big purple ribbon on a photo; and that was after getting just a little bit wet standing too close to the wash rack as I photographed about half a dozen dairy cows and calves getting a shower before the dairy show. We will be posting some photo and video galleries at www.dglobe.com in the coming days of our county fair experiences.

I also hope you will come out to the fair and experience it for yourself. There are lots of animals to see and projects to admire, great fair foods to sample and a few more grandstand shows, including races Saturday and Sunday night. Just remember your ear plugs … that way you can sing, “Pick a little, talk a little, cheep-cheep-cheep!”

4 Responses

  1. Roxanne Hayenga

    Thanks for the mention Julie. We are having a blast and would love for everybody that can make it to attend the last two performances. Tickets still available for Saturday at 7PM or Sunday @ 2PM!

  2. Suzanne Silva

    I wish there was a thumbs up button I could hit after reading your stories! I can relate to song lines sticking in your head and that one is cute. Now it will be in mine for the day!

    1. Julie Buntjer

      Thanks Suzanne … and sorry. I found that singing “Eternal Flame” (also in my head because of the Olympics the past couple of weeks) is great at removing “Pick-A-Little.” At least Eternal Flame is more calming … I seemed to chant Pick-A-Little every time I walked around the fairgrounds (maybe it made me walk faster!) =)

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