Readers’ Views

Support appreciated

To the Editor:

On Aug. 16, the 20th Annual Martin County Blue Ribbon Pork Cook-Off was held at the Martin County Fairgrounds. Despite unfavorable weather conditions and the complexities it caused, our participants once again demonstrated their unwavering support for our community, our youth and our agricultural industry.

Ticket-holders braved the muddy lots and heavy rains, with or without their umbrellas or four-wheel drive, to attend one of the most anticipated culinary events of the year, the Blue Ribbon Pork Cook-Off. Their bravery was rewarded with six delicious and inspired pork creations that could only have been brought together through the dedicated efforts of the many volunteers, sponsors and contestants whose loyal devotion has continued to make this event a success year after year.

On behalf of the board and staff of the Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce, Martin County Corn & Soybean Growers and Martin County Pork Producers, I would like to thank each of you for the valued contributions you have made throughout the years. The Blue Ribbon Pork Cook-Off would not be the success it is without your generous gifts of time, talent and financial support.

Margaret Dillard, president

Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce

Red Rock offers thanks

To the Editor:

As we wrap up another summer of art classes at the Red Rock, I wish to thank the Martin County Youth Foundation for its generous support. With its help, we were able to offer a wide variety of classes for youth including a series of art classes, art start for tots, creative movement and music classes.

We were blessed to reach 25 school-age kids and 62 tots and preschoolers through creative art opportunities this summer. These opportunities would not be possible without the help of Martin County Youth Foundation and their donors. What a wonderful asset for our youth and the community. Thank you.

Sonja Fortune, executive director

Red Rock Center for the Arts