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THUMBS UP! To Farm Progress 2019. The festival for farmers, those who love them and anyone who's interested had its biennial appearance in Decatur this week. In addition to what is becoming Decatur's trademark precipitation absence for the length of the festival, Farm Progress gave multi-national companies a chance to show off products and for people who couldn't imagine such things get opportunities to look up close. The event is one of Decatur's finest, and congratulations to all involved.

THUMBS UP! To the arrival of football season. High schools, universities and professionals will begin play games that count in coming days. Baseball has kept our interest all summer, and with the Cubs and Cardinals among the teams battling for playoff positions, we'll still keep an eye on those games. But football has truly become America's sport of preference.

THUMBS UP! To the United Way Day of Action. The annual day is part of Millikin University's freshman orientation, during which students do work for a number of community organizations. It gives the newcomers a chance to meet face-to-face with real representatives of the community – children, volunteers, charity workers.

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THUMBS UP! To the Decatur Craft Beer Festival. The words wouldn't have even made sense if they were put together 20 years ago, when beer brewing was a passion shared among a devoted few. There are enough craft breweries to devote an entire day to 22 of them, which was the case Saturday in downtown Decatur at a fundraiser for the Decatur Area Arts Council. There's even a “Land of Lincoln Drinking Trail” list of craft breweries to visit in the area.

THUMBS UP! To a fantastic secret finally revealed two years after its start. For the better part of two years, Joe Ries let his shop manager, Cam Crist, believe that his restoration work on a 1968 Plymouth Roadrunner was for a customer. It was in fact for Crist, essentially a reward from Ries for being an exemplary individual. What a tribute, and what a generous act.

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