It can be common for people who grow up in a small town to want to move away as soon they graduate high school, as was the case for myself. Since I graduated from Fort Payne High School in 1999, I have lived away from the hometown that molded me; currently living in Nashville. I realize this could be that I am married now and have a baby on the way, but I must admit, my old hometown suddenly is appealing to me again.

A few weeks ago, my wife and I spent the weekend in Fort Payne with my parents, sister and her husband. While there, we decided to check out Boom Days. There was an all-you-can-eat-pancake-buffet for just five bucks, a llama, a clown, a car show, a guy on a unicycle, horses, cool crafts exhibits, three concert stages, a BBQ competition and even a dog show.

I had a whole lot of fun. I caught up with some childhood classmates like Alex Igou and Tiffanie Baker Vincent, as well as our legendary elementary school librarian, Mrs. Jane Mauldin.

Boom Days 2010 was truly the kind of citywide event that had something- for everybody. I predict that like the days of June Jam (1982-1997), Boom Days will similarly help the culture of the town to resurface.

Nick Shell,

Nolensville, Tenn.

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