Last updated: April 14. 2014 11:04AM - 1181 Views

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At last, the long winter seems to be behind us.


With several days of clear skies and warming temperatures, folks have ventured out in significant numbers over the last week.


This past weekend was a perfect example of the so-called “pent-up demand” for a break in the weather.


In nearly every corner of the county, folks were out and about enjoying the excellent conditions.


The 29th annual Spring Fest, hosted by the Ashe County Arts Council, was a roaring, and messy, success. County children, with their parents and guardians flooded the Early Learning Center in West Jefferson Saturday morning to spend some quality time creating personal pieces of art focusing on keeping their communities clean and beautiful using recycled materials. In addition, they also learned about literacy.


Our hats are tipped to all the volunteers who made the annual event a success, and to the local entertainment, the dance groups from April’s School of Dance, the Dancin’ Debbies and the Fleet Feet Cloggers.


The opening of the Ashe County Farmers’ Market for 2014 also got off to a great start, taking advantage of Saturday’s perfect weather. The local market manager John Smyre said the crowds swarmed in and took advantage of the local produce, meats and the arts and crafts.


And if you slowed down and looked closely, there were fishermen in nearly every county stream trying to land the elusive mountain trout, recently stocked by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.


Even the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity took advantage of the weather Saturday hosting its ReStore event for folks looking for bargains to update their homes.


And we know local retailers and eateries were glad to see the break in the weather. Customers, both local and visitors, were out in force doing their part to pump up the local economy.


While we hesitate to even mention the word snow (there is a slight chance of a few flakes today), here’s hoping the long winter is finally over.


It’s been said on more than one occasion that the summers here are worth the winters.


We figure we’re all due a spectacular summer.

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