by Mayor Tammy

This weekend will be our Downtown Meridian Summer Kickoff – with two popular events on the calendar – Dairy Days and the start of the 2nd Annual Meridian Youth Farmers Market season in the Meridian City Hall Outdoor Plaza.

This year’s market is even bigger than the inaugural year! The market opens on Saturday, June 24 and runs every Saturday until September 2 (9am-12pm). With nearly 20 booths every week (and some weeks, nearly 30 booths) there will be plenty of fresh produce, baked good, arts and crafts, entertainment and food for the whole family. It’s a great way to shop local and support area youth as most vendors are youth! New this season: Cooking demonstrations that will take place most Saturdays at 10am.

We are proud to partner with Epique Events and the Meridian Development Corporation for the Meridian Youth Farmers Market. Epique Events runs the weekly event and there is still room for vendors throughout the summer, so if you’re interested you can learn more at www.meridiancity.org/youthfarmersmarket.

The Meridian Youth Farmers Market will also have a float in the Dairy Days Parade which will be held on Friday, June 23 at 6:45pm. Thousands are expected to head to Downtown Meridian for the parade that will begin on Main Street at the Meridian Speedway, run north to East Fairview, then south on 2 ½ Street.  Get there early and find a place to enjoy this annual event.  And for those who generally drive through downtown be aware of the traffic impacts which go into place starting at 5pm. Visit our website for more details.

This year marks the 88th year of the Meridian Dairy Days (June 22-25) and the days are packed with entertainment for the whole family. Brown’s Carnival opens at 4pm on Thursday, June 22, along with the Pancake Feed that same day at 4pm, benefiting the Meridian Food Bank and the Meridian Injured Police Officers Fund. Friday, Saturday and Sunday including the parade, as I mentioned, along with live entertainment and a fireworks show at the Meridian Speedway on Friday at 10:30pm.

For a second consecutive year the Meridian Arts Commission has teamed up with the Dairy Board to host the Dairy Days Art Show. It will take place on Saturday, June 24 at 9am in Storey Park and will feature more than 20 local artists, art activities for kids, artist demonstrations and performances by local musicians and dance groups.

Finally, the Meridian Lion’s Club PRCA Rodeo adds to the fun-filled, weekend festivities. There are two opportunities to attend: Saturday, June 24 at 5pm and Sunday, June 25 at 2pm. The rodeo is located at Cherry Lane and McDermott.

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

PLEASE NOTE: Meridian City Hall is a stop for the #WhereAreTheDairyDaysCows contest, along with other Downtown Meridian businesses June 18 - June 24. Find the hidden cow at any of the 9 participating locations and have your passport marked by the business (you can pick up a passport in the Mayor’s Office at City Hall or other participating businesses). Submit your completed passport and you could win prizes!!

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