Looks like we both tripped into the past over the weekend, Amy.

250 years for you... only 149 for me.

It's the great Pumpkin Harvest Festival of Glendale, Colorado. Community festivals across the country are bracing for a drop in donations and other financial support because of the economy. The 80-year-old Englewood Days festival nearby was canceled for this past weekend. And the city's big December Parade of Lights is asking the public for help for the first time ever.

The irony, of course, is that more and more people are looking for ways to be entertained close to home... and at the bargain price of free. This festival takes place at Four Mile Historic Park, where you'll also find the oldest home in Colorado from 1859. Tune in to Monday's Marketplace Morning Report for the story! Meanwhile... check out my new friends Amelia and Ian... unfortunately their scarecrow-in-progress isn't scaring off the economic downturn.

Driving to Lincoln, Nebraska, Monday morning. So let's see that means... 1350 miles down... only 850 to go!

Meet me in St. Louis?

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