I love my hometown! Saturday was a special day for me. I need to back up a little bit. For the past 4 years, I have entered the talent show at the Fall Festival and each year I earned first place and prize money that the committee knew I needed to put toward my training. But last year, even though I won, I felt really bad because I heard other kids saying they weren't going to enter the talent show because they had to compete against me and didn't feel like they could win. So, I told the committee that I would love to perform every year but that I wasn't going to compete any more because I didn't want anyone to feel that way. This year, the Fall Harvest Festival Committee asked me to perform in between talent show acts. I love to perform, especially for my home town because so many people here have been there for me from the very start and have sent good luck cards, made donations, prayed for me and cheered me on and encouraged me to reach for my dreams and make them come true! Anyway, I can't believe what they did! After I was done performing, Bernie called me up on stage and presented me with a can full of money that they had passed around before I ever even got there! It had my picture on it and said, "Olympic Donations for Mariah Moore". I am so happy that my community supports me and believes in me. It really makes all the late nights of practice and training 6 days a week and all the blood, sweat, and bruises soooo worth it! I will do my best to make you all very proud of me! It's such a small town and nobody is rich here. I appreciate your gift so much and every penny will go straight to my training. I can't forget to tell you about my little friend! After I performed, a little girl that I don't even know ran up to me and gave me her teddy bear! These things are very special to me and I won't ever forget them!