Members of the Putnam County All-County Choir perform the traditional Haitian "Peze Kafe´", an obvious group favorite. (Putnam Sentinel/Steven Coburn-Griffis)
Members of the Putnam County All-County Choir perform the traditional Haitian "Peze Kafe´", an obvious group favorite. (Putnam Sentinel/Steven Coburn-Griffis)
PUTNAM COUNTY — In previous years, the Putnam County All-County Band/Choir performance and All-County Art Show were held as two separate events. Sunday afternoon, Ottoville High School hosted the inaugural Putnam County Arts Festival in which the two spectaculars were combined into one big attraction.

The art show opened the day at 1 p.m. The show featured artwork in various mediums and as many themes as Putnam County youth could imagine. Then at 2 p.m., 104 students took to the floor of the school gymnasium for performances of the All-County Choir and 82 students in the All-County Band. According to the Putnam County Educational Service Center, this represents nearly 10 percent of all high school students in Putnam County.

The final piece for the band/choir performance was a combined piece featuring both groups of musicians performing a patriotic selection entitled “Salute to Freedom”. Five military service organizations were honored, with representatives from the local VFW participating as well.

Read Wednesday's Sentinel for more coverage and images of the March 9 celebration of the arts.