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Our view: Support summer festivals

Published 9:19am Saturday, May 25, 2013

We are lucky enough to live in a city that puts on some pretty cool and unique festivals throughout the year.

From the dragon boats of the Niles Riverfest to the eccentric ice carvings of the Hunter Ice Festival, we are treated to some pretty cool things in our small city.

If we want to keep these festivals around, we need to support them. That means going out to these mostly free events and spending a little money on food or items in the downtown.

Local businesses, which support most of the downtown festivals, count on patronage during special events for survival. Let them know you appreciate their support by supporting them with a purchase.

Our first chance to do so begins next week during the 11th annual Niles Bluegrass Festival, May 30-June 2. Event organizer Tom Majerek is bringing in some great bluegrass bands from across the country. There will be carnival rides, food and art for sale.

There’s no reason — other than potential bad weather — not to go out and enjoy some free music and fun.

We should celebrate our festivals by supporting them.

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