Yesterday evening after prayer, Br. Maximilian and I headed over to St. Peter’s Parish Carnival in Stanberry, Missouri. It is only a 9 mile drive. One of our monks, Fr. Karl Barmann, is pastor of St. Peter’s and the annual carnival is a pretty big event. The town has just over one thousand people, and a good amount of them, and those from the surrounding towns, seemed to be in attendance. There were carnival games for the kids, live music, burgers, homemade ice-cream, cotton candy, balloons, and plenty of familiar faces. Most of northwest Missouri maintains that ‘small country town’ feel to it, so every is really friendly and hospitable. The earlier forecast showed a possibility of rain, but there was not a cloud in the sky. It was warm, but not nearly as bad as August weather could be. We mingled and visited with people for a while before returning to the monastery.