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Editorial: A great reason for a party

A few weeks ago, fresh on the heels of the revelation of financial troubles with Farmington's Dew Days celebration, we wondered in this space whether the city had outgrown such events. Whether the city's residents had started to see Farmington as a place to live rather than an old-fashioned hometown.

It's nice, then, to get a few reminders that Farmington residents are still happy to get together and have a good time.

There have been plenty of opportunities in recent weeks. By at least one estimate Chrisitian Life Church's annual Life Fest drew close to 2,000 people a couple of weekends ago, and The River Church's recent music festival also attracted a healthy crowd. Friday night's Ramble and Amble fundraiser collected more than $32,000 for the American Cancer Society, and more than a few people came out just to visit.

On Tuesday night Farmington residents turned off their TVs and went outside to spend a little quality time with their neighbors on National Night Out.

Clearly Farmington residents aren't against spending time with the people around them. They just need the right opportunity to do it.

Gatherings like these are not just about having a party, though. They're about building community. They're about strengthening bonds with the people next door or down the street and making sure Farmington stays more than just a place to sleep at night.

Creating that kind of community gets harder as a city gets bigger, but it has plenty of benefits. The better you know the people around you, the more likely you are to recognize when something is out of the ordinary. We see enough thefts and property damage reports in the police report each week to know that's a good thing.

There are more opportunities coming up for Farmington residents to get together. Biggest of them all is the Dakota County Fair, which begins Monday. It's one more great chance to get out, get to know the rest of your community and, most important, have a good time.