Back in the spring, I had the opportunity to write about the development of the county's parks and recreation comprehensive master plan.
The plan, which relied on a lot of public input to determine what residents want and need, figured it would cost the county more than $22 million to fund all of the capital improvements that were outlined.
However, I've proposed some recreational activities that won't cost nearly as much.
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a column about all of the activities that were set to take place in Franklin County -- all in one weekend.
This past Saturday, Youngsville and the Kiwanis Club hosted the town's annual Fall Festival at Faith Baptist Church.
Also, Triangle North Executive Airport served as the host of AirFest, a sort of open house at the airport designed to showcase the services, resources and assets available at the county's airport.
At the same time, the Northeast Franklin Revitalization group hosted its initial, signature event, a car show out at the county's Owens Park.
It was a chance to see some cool cars, patronize some vendors and learn about the grassroots efforts that community is taking to improve the lot for folks who live in the oft-neglected region of Franklin County.
Rounding out Saturday, Franklinton and its police department hosted its annual National Night Out.
They decided to move the event from August to the end of September, hoping to miss the extreme heat.
It was in the 90s, anyway.
So, long story short is that there were plenty of opportunities for residents and -- particularly -- our leaders to get out, take part in activities and fellowship with those they represent.
So, in the vein of Pokémon Go or Where's Waldo?, I propose Franklin County residents play a game of Locate the Leader.
It's real easy.
Anytime you have the good fortune to attend a community or festive event in Franklin County, take the opportunity to look around and locate your county or town commissioner or town council person.
When you see them, snap a photo and make a note of the time and place.
To protect the innocent and the guilty, I won't say any names, now, but if you go to as many events as I do, you can easily see what community leaders make a habit of attending events -- and which ones don't.
One of the biggest jobs of a county or town leader is to set policies that benefit their communities and employ people who carry out those policies to the best of their ability.
However, the job of a town or county leader is also to serve as a community cheerleader.
They should be present and acknowledge good, positive things that are taking place in Franklin County.
And, the only time you see them should NOT be at a government meeting.
So, I urge folks to go out and support activities that take place in and around Franklin County.
If you need a list, you can find plenty of activities going on right here in The Franklin Times in Franklin Facts.
Beyond that, the Greater Franklin County Chamber of Commerce has a calendar of events that may give you a good idea of the activities taking place in this community.
On Oct. 5, alone, there are three scheduled events -- a harvest fest at First Fruit Farms, the Louisburg Fire Department's second annual Community Day and the Pilot Fire Department is having a chicken plate sale.
So, if you're so inclined, get out and support these activities with your time, your face and your funds if you can.
And, if you see a town or county leader, feel free to take their picture.
If you collect a picture of every town and county leader at a function, I may be able to talk my boss into offering a prize.
So, get out. Have fun. Mingle. Get to know your neighbors.
And, if you see our leaders, snap a photo and, potentially, earn a prize.
Something tells me it'll be a long time before we have to pay up, though.