Starting Over in Small Town America

It can be frightening to begin anew. Leaving one life for another and venturing into the unknown holds its risks. There are new adventures, new duties and endless possibilities. During the past two weeks, covering local news, events and individuals in Okeene, Canton and Hennessey revealed the heart and soul that is often known as Small Town, America. In small towns such as these, residents from the various communities work together, especially when it comes to promoting small businesses.

This was easily seen in Canton’s Fall Frenzy and Winter Blast, organized by local Amanda Pope for the past seven years. The event boasted booths from small business owners throughout the area. Vendors and visitors alike expressed that whether one was from Canton or any other surrounding small town, they were all friends and family. Canton local Penny Heath spoke about this. “We like to support our hometown people. Ya know, we want them to be here when we’re in a pinch and we don’t have the chance to go someplace else. And when we don’t support them on a regular basis then they can’t stay open. I like to shop with my local people,” said Heath. She added to the idea that even those in surrounding towns are local and are all one big family. “Until it comes to sports,” joked Heath, laughing.



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