Thursday evening I walked through the Perrysburg Farmer's Market and I learned it's much more than just a shopping experience.
It is a community event. You may not be buying anything, but people go to see others. Children run into people from school, and parents are there to see friends and socialize.
It reminds me of high school football games in South Lyon, Mich., where I grew up. Even if you didn't have a friend or family member on the team or in the band, you went. You went to socialize with nearly the entire community. While some cared a lot about the game, others came just to see each other and chat.
The Perrysburg Farmers Market and other events in downtown Perrysburg have that same feel. The Music at the Market has good bands, don't get me wrong, but I think people go to see each other and socialize while letting their children play as much as they want to listen to the good music.
It isn't just people socializing either, it seems like I see every kind of dog downtown. Thursday, I saw a wiener dog, collie, and golden retriever, just to name a few.
It is exciting to live in and see such a vibrant community. Where I'm from, we got behind our high school football, but our farmers market had only a few vendors and poor attendance. My dad said he took my little brothers to the outdoor family movie night to watch Field of Dreams and they were practically alone in the park.
I think it is so cool that Perrysburg gets behind these events and its community.
In three days, there are three concerts in Perrysburg. Rock the Docks Saturday night by the river, the Music at the Market, and Levis Commons Saturday are all going on. And walking by Swigs and Casa Barron Thursday, both were packed with live bands playing.
If you aren't coming to some of these events, you truly are missing out. It is not often communities support these events and get the turnout and participation as these.