For the second consecutive year, attendance at Pontotoc’s Bodock Festival was hampered by rain on Saturday. It was raining when we got there at 8:30 a.m. and it was raining when we left at 4:00 p.m. However, unlike last year, the evening’s entertainment was not rained out, simply moved to the Ag Center.
We (the editors of The Bodock Post) had secured a booth adjacent to the Post Office Museum and hoped to entice additional subscribers for our new monthly newsletter. Ralph Jones and I spent Friday in our booth, and Carl Wayne Hardeman joined us on Saturday.
Of the two days, Friday had the better weather with overcast skies and temperatures under eighty degrees (quite mild for the third week in August). Friday was also the better day for signing new subscribers with eight added to our roster. Saturday is when the larger crowds are usually on hand, but with light rain falling throughout the day, attendance was very poor. We did have two more new subscribers to bring the total of our charter subscribers to eighty-seven.
Many folks expressed disappointment that our newsletter is available only on the Internet. Initially, our thought was the printing costs and postage would be prohibitive for most folks, but if there is sufficient interest, perhaps we will reconsider our decision regarding no-hardcopies.
Meanwhile the first issue can be found at http://rrnews.org/bp/BP_1.htm.