Hats off

Give the judges a ribbon, too

Through Friday, The Advertiser-Tribune has published four full pages of results from Seneca County Fair judging. Just reading through the entire list daily can take a significant amount of time. But that’s nothing compared to the time – and effort – put into fair projects by the exhibitors.

And while we are grateful to those who compile the results and provide them to our extraordinary clerk, Bev Gabel, the rankings would not exist without careful, considerate work by the judges.

So, hats off to the judges as well as exhibitors for providing their time and talents into the various shows. That’s a large part of what makes it a county fair.

Thanks for organizing the events of summer

While the 171st Seneca County Fair reaches a climax this weekend, it’s a proper time to reflect on the annual event as well as all the other entertaining activities that fill the summer calendar. The lawn socials, parish fests, firefighter festivals, poker runs, bicycle tours and 5K run/walks all have several things in common.

For one, they offer fun, recreational activities to residents and visitors alike. Second, they raise funds for churches, fire districts, charities and sports teams, while giving folks something do to in return. Third, they typically involve a group of volunteers who lend their time and effort to helping worthy causes.

People who direct and manage these volunteers usually contribute words of appreciation in our weekly Bouquets forum, expressing gratitude for everyone who supports their activities. We think it’s appropriate also to tip our cap to them for guiding events which fill our summertime with pleasure, amusement and enjoyment.