Holy cow people, it's the end of July and we all know what that means.

Locally, the annual Harford County Farm Fair will be in full bloom, smell or whatever else might make you smile. The sights and sounds are set to get under way Thursday and it looks like the weather might cooperate for this year's event.

The end of July also signals that the 2013 fall high school sports season is just a matter of days away. In fact, Aug. 14 is the day this year that public school athletes are able to hit the fields and courts in preparation for the upcoming seasons.

It just doesn't seem that long ago we wrapped up the spring sports season from last school year. I guess in reality it hasn't been. It really has been just two months.


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And we all know what the sports season leads to: the kids are back in school. The traffic on my route to work becomes much more crowded, although I have to say, if I didn't know any better, I would have thought school was in session Tuesday.

Anyway, we still have a few weeks left before the big yellow buses start rolling again, so what is there to do?

Hey, have you been keeping up with the Aberdeen IronBirds? You know, those IronBirds who have floated around first place in the New York-Penn League's McNamara Division the past couple of weeks? I haven't been able to get out to Ripken Stadium yet myself, but I'm hoping to.

We fans haven't had much to celebrate in the way of IronBirds since they opened play. A playoff team hasn't been in the cards yet. A winning season has found its way to Aberdeen just once. That came in 2006 (41-33) under former Baltimore Orioles catcher Andy Etchebarren. Another former Oriole, Leo Gomez, holds the distinction for the IronBirds worst ever record. That 24-51 mark came in 2011.

Who knows where this team will finish, but it would be nice to see the 'Birds in playoff contention that final week of the regular season. Maybe I'll see you at the stadium.

In case you've been sleeping the past dozen or so years, there's another event coming up. They call it the Cal Ripken World Series, 50/70 style. That's 50-foot pitching distance and 70-foot base paths.

It's less than three weeks away. The teams will be here and some really good youth baseball will be on display on a few fields at the Ripken Academy.

I will be ready for it, but not before I get away from this desk for a couple of weeks. It's the end of July and time for a little vacation.

So, enjoy whatever is put on this page over the next two weeks and I will be back before you know it to add my words of wisdom.