Hats off

Good day to wander downtown

Perhaps we should use the words “hats on” this week, because the weather forecast for today indicates you might want to wear one while attending the trio of activities planned for downtown Tiffin.

A monthly farmers’ market, set for 9 a.m.-1 p.m., is to overlap with the first summer Art Walk, set for 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and seventh Tiffin Art Fair, to be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Courthouse Square.

Vendors at the market offer produce, honey, herbs, baked goods, wood carvings, candles, soaps and other locally made items. The Art Walk – with seven museums, galleries and historic buildings, along with 18 businesses – is to spotlight local culture and history, and offer live entertainment and informative programs. And the art fair features family-oriented arts and crafts.

Get your household chores done early today and enjoy the pleasant weather and activities downtown.

Hats off

Thanks for the support

4-H projects can be great learning experiences for the youths who work on them. In addition to gaining hands-on knowledge about the project itself – from sewing to woodworking to working with animals – the youngsters also get real-world lessons in financial matters. Inputs such as materials, feed, even time and effort spent on the project, offer an enlightening perspective on the cost of production. Abstract economic concepts take on concrete meaning when they handle the work themselves.

That’s especially true with livestock projects, which is why it is important to acknowledge the groups, companies and individuals who provide commercial bids during the annual livestock sale.

That assistance is even more helpful during years when higher feed prices increase the cost of raising the animals. While the 4-Hers will send the “buyers” thank-you notes, we also want to publicly thank them for supporting these enterprising youngsters.

For a list of the names of those who provide that support, see the special section inside today’s edition.