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You know you’re from Mt. Vernon when…

I love Mt. Vernon. There’s no other place I’d rather live.

When I was graduating, I couldn’t wait to get out, and I left for a few years. But since being home, I’ve realized what an emerald of a place we have here.

Now don’t get me wrong, there are some down sides to living in a small town. Everybody knowing everybody’s everything can get a little old. Especially when everybody tells your everything to everybody.

But, all in all, there’s nothing more special than the way this town rallies around people who are having a hard time — or a good time, for that matter.

People in this little old town of Mt. Vernon are good stock, and they care about each other.

And that outweighs not having a Wal-Mart or a 15-show movie theater. At least in my book.

So in honor of all you out there who bleed green, I asked my online Facebook friends to help me think of some things unique to Mt. Vernon by finishing this sentence. Here’s what some of them said:

“You know you’re from Mt. Vernon when …”

• you think apple butter is a food group.

• you don’t look twice when you see people driving lawnmowers or golf carts instead of cars.

• you realize other high schools don’t bale hay on the school’s front lawn.

• someone’s pulled over by police, you stare to see who it is because you probably know them.

• you pronounce it supe R market.

• you know where “Tater Town” is.

• someone hears on the scanner that your teenager got pulled over. Then they call to tell you.

• you can’t help viewing anybody in black and red as an “enemy” to the homeland.

• you move away and plan vacations back home around Apple Butter Makin’ Days.

• you used to hang on the square after Friday night games.

• someone gives you a local name, you could probably recite most of that person’s family members — including cousins and ex-spouses — and the year they graduated.

• your mascot has a coonskin hat and a shotgun.

• you can remember middle school movie nights at Ruble’s theater and have cruised around the Golden Keg.

• you would rather drive home to eat Mt. Vernon cashew chicken than eat it anywhere else.

• you don’t know street names. Directions are given based on who used to live near or around there or businesses that don’t exist anymore.

• you remember eating Queenie burgers.

• someone tells you to meet them at the “big tree” and you know exactly where it is.

• you know what Happy Brew, Jolly Curls and Smile Dogs are AND you know how to make them.

• you know most names — if not all — of people you see in the grocery store.

• your child is taught by teachers who also taught you, and, in some cases, your mom and dad.

The list could go on and on. But really, the spirit of this little town rests in the fact that there’s no place like home.

And that’s just what Mt. Vernon is to me. Home.

Categories: Life on the farm


My name is Ginia Oehlschlager and I'm a small-town gal from Missouri. Join me as I document my crazy life on the farm with my husband and four kids. I'm always looking for frugal, simple ways to live the life God set before me. Where faith, family and fun come together on the farm.

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