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Welcome to the summer edition of 209 Magazine for 2021.  As our communities continue to open up there is definitely some excitement in the air.  It is now more important than ever to support our local businesses.  The staff at 209 Magazine strives to continue to provide you with information about the region and all it has to offer.  We hope you find the stories in this issue informative and entertaining.  It is exciting for us to be able to highlight all of the activities and experiences this region has to offer.

In this issue we are highlighting our Burger bracket challenge.  Sixteen restaurants were nominated to compete in the challenge.  Based on your voting we are highlighting some of the businesses and winners.

We have a feature highlighting Hope’s Chance Horse Sanctuary.  The work they do as they rescue horses and put them through the rehabilitation process is amazing.  Another highlight is the AG Center with locations in Merced and Tulare.  It is a one stop shop for all the needs of the large Ag community in our region. 

Thank you for taking the time to read this and every issue of 209 Magazine. We welcome your comments, calendar events, and stories. We hope you will support the businesses and charities that have chosen to partner with us. We appreciate them and look forward to being the most relevant magazine in your home, a place called 209.

Hank Vander Veen

Publisher/Owner 209 Magazine