PUTNAM COUNTY — This Sunday, March 9, will be the Inaugural Putnam County Arts Festival. In previous years, they were two separate events, the All-County Band/Choir performance and later in the year there was the All-County Art Show. This year the two events have been combined into an “Arts Festival”.

The host school for the Festival this year will be Ottoville High School. The art projects will be on display and open to the public beginning at 1 p.m. At 2 p.m., the All-County Band/Choir performance will take place in the L.W. Heckman Gymnasium at Ottoville High School. Between the choir and the band performance, there will be a short awards ceremony recognizing the four-year members of the band/choir as well as the “Best of Show” winners from the art show. The final piece for the band/choir performance will be a combined piece featuring both groups of musicians performing a patriotic selection entitled “Salute to Freedom”. This will highlight the five military service organizations and there will be representatives from the local VFW participating as well.

After the band and choir performance, the art show will remain open for viewing until 4 p.m. There are 104 students participating in the All-County Choir this year and 82 students in the All-County Band. This represents nearly 10 percent of all high school students in Putnam County.