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Country mouse rides tractor to town for festival parade

In Aesop’s fable “The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse,” a town mouse visits his cousin in the country. The country mouse offers his city mouse cousin a meal of simple country foods, but the visitor turns his nose up at it. He then takes the country mouse back to the city to show him the “fine life,” but their city meal of cakes and jellies is interrupted by dogs who force the mice to abandon their feast and scamper off to safety.
After this, the country mouse immediately returns to the country and says:
“Better beans and bacon in peace than cakes and ale in fear.”
A certain little local country mouse also may have felt the same as his fable counterpart Saturday morning.
Although there is no evidence that a mouse who appeared on Main Street during the livestock festival parade had a town mouse cousin accompanying him, the country mouse did have some rather viable transportation.
As one of the tractors that was part of the parade stopped and restarted on the route Saturday, a mouse hopped out -- not just onto the pavement, but into a whole new world. This mouse was probably more knowledgeable about crop fields than the sweet wrapped-up pieces of candy tossed out by willing parade participants.
And the mouse witnessed people – at least parts of them.
At mouse eye level, he assuredly only got up close with the humans’ shoes. The mouse did not see the surprised “oh my” faces of the parade goers who were seated along the sidewalk in front of the Sylvania First Baptist Church.
However, just as quick as the mouse appeared on the parade route, he was gone as he darted down a grate under the street away from those humans’ shoes and those humans’ shrills too.
Today no one knows what became of that mouse from parade day. He got his own dose of fear. As for the people who saw the mouse, they got a laugh and something to talk about while sitting in front of the church on parade day next year.