Never fear. The peonies are here. And the traditional show will be held on Saturday.

That’s the good news from Marlene Maxon, president of the Grand Forks Horticultural Society.

The bad news is well known. Winter was long. And winter was wicked. However, you can’t mess with peonies. They now are raising their beautiful heads and holding up their reputation. They are the official flowers of June. The Peony Show in Grand Forks is rich in tradition. The old milk bottles in which the peonies are displayed in days gone by are being readied for the Saturday and Sunday ahead.

To me, it’s a tribute to the people long ago who nurtured the Peony Show in June.

The Grand Forks Horticultural Society this June has five willing garden hosts around Grand Forks waiting for visitors. Tickets will be available at the Myra Museum Saturday morning.

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And Garden Club members will be at the Myra to accept entries in the peony show. They will help out with the plant sale.

This, indeed, is a week many wait for and anticipate all winter long. This is the week the Greater Grand Forks City Band will hold its first concert. It’s at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Myra Museum Gazebo. It will begin with a performance by the North Dakota National Guard Band.

And this is the week for flying the flag. Friday, June 14, is Flag Day. It was established by the Continental Congress on June 14, 1777.

Displaying the flag is a beautiful, positive custom. A display of patriotism.

The United States flag can be flown every day of the year. But if it is flown 24 hours, it should be illuminated so it is not flown in darkness.

A flyer from Veterans of Foreign Wars says when carried in a parade with other flags, the United States flag always should be to the marching right of other flags. Or to the front and center of the flag line.

Talking turkey

Aneta is a small town, Debbie Johnson knows that. But this month, as always in June, she wants the world to know about the annual turkey feed coming up Saturday.

She says there will be turkey roasting over the coals in the city park. Along with it there will be potato salad, beans and rolls.

The whole celebration starts with rhubarb tasting in the nearby orchard Friday evening. But the big day is Saturday. It begins with a pancake breakfast, games, a tractor pull. Oh yes, and a parade.

They’ll have six lines in the park later in the afternoon so everyone can easily get to the turkey.

When it’s June, Debbie joins all the others and turns her full attention to helping out with the Aneta Turkey Barbecue and Summer Festival. The rest of the year she teaches at Dakota Prairie School and manages to visit her grandchildren.