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All about Fall

Apples, state fairs, and football… it’s difficult to decide which one is my favorite thing about fall, and it’s equally hard to pick my favorite story in this issue of DeSoto Magazine.
My love affair with apples began as a toddler. My mother loves to tell the story about how I refused to walk. In fact, my parents were so worried, they asked a doctor to examine my legs. Apparently, I just didn’t have the right motivation until my mom discovered holding up an apple and encouraging me to walk for it did the trick. I didn’t just walk, I ran to get a bite of that delicious fruit that remains my favorite to this day. I’ll soon be running toward one of the orchards that my colleague Andrea Ross wrote about this month. I can’t think of anything more delicious than a freshly picked Jonagold, sweet apple cider, or homemade apple butter, and Andrea tells us where to get them all.
I have great memories of the Mississippi State Fair as a youngster and as a teenager, and I’ve often wondered how the fair has changed over the years. Writer Alex Jacks answered that question and more when she covered state fairs in Arkansas, Mississippi, and Tennessee. The midways are still exciting, but the fairs have added some new thrills to the traditions that fairgoers have always loved.
And what would September be without football? Not much in my house where we have our own ongoing SEC rivalry. One of our newest contributors, Karon Clark Warren, takes us on an interactive tour of Atlanta’s new College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience. Closer to home, Eric Eckard chatted with University of Memphis Head Coach Mike Norvell about the Tigers’ upcoming season. Finally, Tennessee Titans Head Coach Mike Mularkey reflects on what is most important to him not only during football season but all year long.
So, put on your favorite team jersey, pour some apple cider, and enjoy reading all about fall in this issue of DeSoto Magazine.

Here’s to a sweet season!
Mary Ann

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