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Summer filled with fun

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Editorial, July 16, 2013

ISSUE: Achievement, entertainment

OUR VIEW: County doesn’t lack for options

It’s been a fun-filled summer for kids of all ages in Hardin County. From awards to celebrations, this week’s kudos list gives us plenty to cheer about.

Sure, a lot of kids travel to Orlando to visit Mickey Mouse and see the Magic Kingdom every summer, but a group of talented students from Central Hardin High School recently went to the happiest place on earth to make their mark in the National Technology Student Association VEX Robotics Competition. After placing third and fifth in state competition, the Central Hardin team earned an invitation to compete on the national level and they not only competed, they excelled. Facing more than 100 teams, the Bruins impressively finished ninth and 16th in the Bowl. Adam Risner, 2013 graduate, ranked fifth in the National TSA Technology Bowl, demonstrating the caliber of the Central Hardin pre-engineering program and setting the bar very high for his teammates to follow.

Congratulations to the Central Hardin team for their outstanding win and for proving teamwork combined with extensive days, weeks and months of design and practice are the formula for victory.

 Persistence also is expected and reaps great rewards when you’re a performer with a legendary theater. This year marks the 42nd production for Youth Theatre of Hardin County, the commonwealth’s oldest youth theater program. Bring out the kid in you and take a trip to Never Neverland with “Peter Pan.” This year’s production is literally a high-flying adventure with a cast of incredibly gifted performers.

Youth Theater never fails to disappoint and the weeks of rehearsals are evident by the top-notch, high-energy show these youngsters produce. These kids, cast and crew alike, are professionals who take their craft seriously and work hard to bring a quality show to their patrons. They’re blessed to work with experienced and talented adults, who share their expertise, time and knowledge, season after season. Sadly, Youth Theater’s No. 1 fan and past-president, Bill Marsee, is missing from the audience this year, leaving a void that can never be filled. However, we all know Marsee would be proud of this show and for the sake of the kids and this community, he’d say the show must go on.

Thanks for keeping this tradition alive. There’s one weekend left to see the show, so get your tickets now.

 Another Hardin County tradition celebrated its golden anniversary last week: the Hardin County Fair and Horse Show. The week was jam-packed with activities and entertainment for families to enjoy. From tractor pulls and animal showings to singing competitions and pageants, there never was a dull moment. Unlike many years past, Mother Nature was kind to the Fair and there was much more sunshine than rain. In fact, the weekend weather was so nice, fair officials think Friday night’s crowd was a record attendance.

 Judging by the line of cars to get into the venue and the long lines of people eagerly waiting for the rides, the fair outdid itself for its 50th anniversary celebration and people from all across the county wanted a part of the action. The Hardin County Fair is all about fun but it’s a lot of work for the Board of Directors, volunteers, vendors and others who make it happen. Thanks to everyone involved. You definitely earned a blue ribbon for a “Fantastic, Fun-filled, Fabulous, 50th Fair.”

This editorial represents a consensus of The News-Enterprise editorial board.