by Mayor Tammy

This week – the old meets the new in Downtown Meridian. A long time tradition and a new community tradition will help us usher in the official start of summer – the long-standing Dairy Days and the new Meridian Youth Farmers Market!

I can’t believe it is already time for the Meridian Youth Farmers Market to kick off its inaugural season (Saturday, June 25). It feels like just yesterday we were meeting in the Mayor’s Office trying to figure out how we could make our community farmers market unique to the valley. With the idea to create a Youth Farmers Market, we launched something that had never been done before in the area – a market that is focused on our youth. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – this market is a tremendous opportunity for our area youth. The focus on our kids will give them the chance to learn ‘life skills’ and profit from their hobbies and projects, but most importantly, their passions.

Every Saturday from 9am-12pm (June 25 – September 24), I invite you to visit the market in the Meridian City Hall Plaza and support our youth! You’ll find products such as fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, baked goods, refreshments and food trucks!

We’re excited to kick off this new community event in the midst of the 87th annual Meridian Dairy Days (June 23-26). The Meridian Dairy Board has put together an even larger Dairy Days event this year, with more options and activities for families. New to the event this year – an Art Festival on Saturday June 25 at 11am in Storey Park. This is the first time the Meridian Arts Commission has teamed up with the Dairy Board to put this event together. It will feature 20 local artists, art classes for kids and performances by the Treasure Valley Youth Theatre.

Also at the Park; Brown’s Carnival which opens at 4pm on Thursday, June 23, and the Pancake Feed that same day at 4pm, benefiting the Meridian Food Bank and the Meridian Injured Police Officers Fund. Friday, Saturday and Sunday are packed with family activities including a bike rodeo, live entertainment and a fireworks show at the Meridian Speedway on Friday at 10:30pm.

The large Dairy Days Parade where thousands are expected to head to Downtown Meridian is on Friday, June 24 at 6:45pm with a new route! It will begin on Main Street at the Meridian Speedway, run north to East Fairview, then south on 2 ½ Street.

I’m looking forward to this weekend as we celebrate two traditions in Downtown Meridian, an old and new one - giving residents even more options for activities in our great community!

For more information on these events, visit www.meridiancity.org and click on the City News and Meetings tab.

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