Why I’m Proud of My Small Town

This content is sponsored by the Monsanto Fund’s America’s Farmers Community Outreach programs, but views and thoughts are my own.

My Town Proud
The train going through Blythedale, MO in 1981, the last year.

A few weeks ago I shared my thoughts with you on how America’s Farmers grow America. I am very passionate about my small town and rural living. I believe that America is truly great because of everyone, including our small towns and farming communities. I asked for all of you to share your stories on what makes you #MyTownProud. It’s been fun seeing these pop up on Instagram and Twitter!

My Town Proud
Blythedale, MO Methodist Church built in 1919 where my husband and I got married.

Really when I think of my town I think of the three towns that have came together to build an amazing school. The town I live nearest to, Blythedale, has a whopping population of 190. The school closed in the early 1960’s, when my dad was in the 5th grade, and the train which made the town such a busy place stopped coming through in 1981. It was a sad time for my town when they lost their school but three towns, including mine, came together to start a school in the northern part of the county.

My Town Proud
My Great Uncle, Hugh, at an old gas station in Blythedale, MO.

With the joining of the towns came enormous support for our school and communities. I have honestly never seen such a supportive community than ours. All the memories have been passed down through the generations creating a huge sense of family. There is nothing better than the pride that comes from our community.

My Town Proud
My parents local insurance business supporting and sponsoring my son’s winning Little League baseball team this year.

Our community is very supportive of our school and the sports activities but also the academics and music department. With the hiring of a new music teacher a few years ago our community has stepped up to help raise thousands of dollars for the music department.

My Town Proud
Neighbors coming together to raise money for our school’s music department.

We now have an outstanding marching band and drumline. They are seriously amazing! It’s with the help of our community and neighbors that we are able to stand out as a small town. It’s why I’m #MyTownProud and what makes rural communities so special.

My Town Proud
Our marching band putting on a show to raise funds from the community.

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Melanie Kampman

Melanie Kampman is a web designer, developer and owner of Giveaway Bandit and Farm News for Kids. She lives in Northwest Missouri on a large family farm with her husband and eight year old son, the Giveaway Bandit. They raise cattle with a variety of pets including horses, chickens, ducks, and a slew of cats. By Melanie Kampman If you are interested in writing a sponsored post on Giveaway Bandit please email me at melanie (at) giveawaybandit (dot) com.

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