“Whatever your mind can conceive and believe the mind can achieve regardless of how many times you may have failed in the past”
— Napoleon Hill

Wow, another great California Mid-State Fair! We got to a couple shows, saw Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, and joined a great table for KC and the Sunshine Band. We took our daughter Elle to see Demi Lovato, and my wife remarked on the moving performance of “Sober” she gave. We were saddened to hear the news that she was hospitalized two days later for an apparent overdose.
When we saw Demi, Elle enjoyed herself, and that is saying a lot because she was there with her parents a week after her 14th birthday. It was nice. She’s growing up with some of the memories we shared as kids, like going to the fair.
Traditions are a great thing, and we are honored and blessed to be a part of great traditions here on the Central Coast. From the Mid-State Fair, to beach days, to hiking, biking, and a great arts community. We share some neat things here I try to stay grateful for every day.
As a kid, maybe I took things for granted, or maybe I didn’t get a chance to see how hard people worked to put on something like a parade. These days, we are happy to do some heavy lifting for those events. I’ll encourage you to do the same, when you have the chance.
We appreciate the hard work going into planning the upcoming Rotary Winemakers’ Cookoff, back at the Paso Robles Event Center and now in its 20th year. I didn’t get any scholarships out of high school, and no looks as a student-athlete for my role as the team captain of the Templeton Eagles basketball team, but it is a blessing to be a part of Rotary and raise money to help give scholarships to the graduating seniors. We are all paving the way for the next generation.
Speaking of paving, I’m glad to see that Paso Robles Street is getting some attention! Just like our magazine, our surface streets are ways we welcome others into our community and that improvement will be fantastic as part of a warm welcome.
Another great event coming is Made in the Shade to fund the installation of shade structures at the Uptown Paso Park. The fundraiser is scheduled for August 25. Check out the ad for it on page 45 and get ready for a GREAT time out at Rava Winery.