Thanks to the community for a festive summer

Congratulations, festival organizers and volunteers. Another summer of celebration is coming to a close. We have all seen a lot of action in the area this season and we weren’t bored for a second.

Whether it be the sweet taste of an elephant ear from the Osceola County 4-H FFA Fair, the sound of thunderous applause over loud engines at Morley’s truck and tractor pull, the sight of some incredible horse-jumping at the Mecosta County Agricultural Free Fair or the feeling of warmth derived from so much community involvement, the unique culture of our area is impressive.

Each community in the area is wonderfully different. Some celebrations are small and others are attended by thousands. Some are happily rooted in tradition and others like to embrace change.

What these communities and their residents all have in common, though, is a strong sense of who they are. The summer’s festivities have exemplified this community pride and made it evident to visitors and residents alike.

There certainly is something to be said for a group of people uniting for a common cause. Festivals like these are what bring communities together and remind us of the value of unity.

Thanks go to all the volunteers who devote countless hours to planning and organizing community events.

“We couldn’t have done it without you” is an understatement. You know from the Barryton Lilac Festival to the Great American Crossroads Celebration simply wouldn’t exist without days and weeks of tiring labor.

To the young 4-H’ers, who groomed and showed some beautiful animals at the Mecosta and Osceola county fairs, your professionalism and showmanship are inspiring. Don’t ever forget the hard work you’ve put in this summer. Hopefully you have made memories to cherish for years to come.

You can all relax now; you’ve earned it!

The residents of each community who have celebrated togetherness with summer festivities should be proud. Your community matters and you’ve proven it once again.

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