The Ottumwa Courier

July 17, 2012

Variety of local events such a treat

Our Opinion

Ottumwa Courier

OTTUMWA — Despite the heat, this past weekend’s Batavia Days festivities were a big hit. Families and friends gathered for good food, entertainment and fun, and by most accounts, nearly everyone had a good time.

These type of events are special to southern Iowa, and it’s hard to imagine not being able to hop in the car and travel a few miles to find something of interest for both parents and kids.

We’re fortunate that there are volunteers and dedicated folks willing to host these events, whether it’s the Hedrick BBQ Days event, Ollie Big Days, the Blakesburg Corn Carnival, the local county fair or expo, and Memorial Day, Independence Day or Labor Day events.

Of course, there’s the unwarranted cry of, “There’s nothing to do” around here. That’s certainly not the case.

This week alone, there’s the Wapello County 4-H Expo, the Appanoose, Van Buren and Southern Iowa (Mahaska) county fairs and the Keokuk County Expo, as well as the Eldon BBQ rib cookoff this weekend.

The next three Fridays, Live After Five festivities continue at Central Park in Ottumwa and the Monroe County Fair in Albia at the end of this month.

In Fairfield, the 1st Fridays Artwalk on the first Friday of every month has proven to be a popular draw.

But many of these events will only continue if people are willing to show their appreciation and their attendance.

Not every event will be to one’s liking, but surely none of us can complain that there isn’t a variety of small-town celebrations, entertainment opportunities and more in southern Iowa that has some appeal.

Let’s support the hard work of those folks, our neighbors and friends, who organize these events in hopes of bringing people together and to share in what’s good here in southern Iowa.