Welcome back everyone to not only another gateway to the weekend but the gateway to autumn! It's a special long weekend for most of us here in the states as we celebrate Labor Day. I hope those in the North East areas of NY and NJ are doing okay after the interruption of Ida. While I do not watch mainstream television, I do know that the storm had a deadly impact on that region so I hope our members here from that area are safe. Now to the modeling. Saturday: No modeling for me as this is the annual event my wife enjoys from her childhood, the Hoopston IL Sweet Corn festival. Yup, you know you're in Illinois when there is an entire festival dedicated to the primary crop of the region! It is essentially a county fair with corn and a big car show. We'll be bringing our Mustang and hopefully be set up next her Dad and his Mustang for a fun day of cars, all you can eat sweet corn (for free!), a fish sandwich and all the usual trappings of a fair. I think my diet will be on holiday that day. We are looking forward to the day. Sunday: With less then a week away from its grand showing, I have a lot to do with the Athearn switching layout. The buildings are about 90% done, just needing the roof on each one. If I can get all the ballast work done and simple static grass and scenery done, I can call it "done" and spend any time left on smaller details and weathering. Labor Day: I'm planning on having most of the work done on the switching layout to enjoy some time working on some other activities that have been forgotten about. I'm leaving this day open as once we get back to work on Tuesday, it will be all hands on deck for the big Horizon show, RC Fest, and getting the Athearn portion up and ready. So how about you? What do you have planned for the last weekend of summer? Let us know. We'll assemble again on Tuesday, the 7th to see how our collective, long weekend went. Until then, have a great long weekend, be safe, stay healthy and as always... High Greens!