Fair point

Once again, the communities of Hills?boro and Marion will have an opportunity to put their best feet forward as thousands of guests come our way Saturday to take part in the Hillsboro Arts & Crafts Fair and Marion?s Art in the Park.

These two events require an amazing investment of energy?both by event organizers and the many volunteers who assist. No one gets rich personally from these events, but both communities are truly enriched for the effort?first, by the economic boost and public exposure they generate, but also from the ?community building? that takes places as good people come together to accomplish a mutual goal.

We still encourage the notion this weekend should be seen as a collaborative effort rather than a competitive one. The fast-food industry has proven that ?competitors? clustered together in the same neigh?bor??hood actually increase the customer flow for each separate restaurant. In a similar vein, we believe having two well-organized craft fairs within 10 miles of each would only enhance the attraction for long-distance participants, who could do a ?two-for-one? in the same trip.

We wish each event a success as Marion County becomes the arts and crafts capital of Kansas on Saturday. ?DR