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49th Annual Arts, Crafts festival Friday, Saturday

Posted on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 2:39 pm

The 49th Annual Arts League Arts & Craft Show will be held at the Stone Bridge Park here in Fayetteville this Friday and Saturday, June 20-21.

Friday’s hours are from 11 a.m. until 7:30 p.m., with a free concert from 6-10 p.m., and Saturday’s hours are from 10 a.m. until 7:30 p.m.

“We have new hours this year,” said Mark Kelso of the Fayetteville/Lincoln County Arts League. “We will be open into the evening for people to be able to come after they get off work. Many of you have asked for more traditional artists and fewer crafts. We have greatly increased our number of traditional artists this year, with many coming from all over the United States. The crafters will be offering a much wider variety.

“As in the past, 80 percent of the vendors are coming from out of town,” he continued.

There will be several lots for parking, including two lots in the park and another at the old Kraft factory, according to Kelso, noting that will also be several lots between Kraft and Shawnee avenues. Also, on Main Street (Highway 231-431), organizers have obtained permission for people to park on the old car dealership property and the adjoining strip mall property. These areas are located between the Eufala/Highway 231-431 intersection and the Us Kh Donut shop. The distance from these lost to the park is less then walking around two sides of the square, he noted.

“This year we will have two children’s zones and all the usual array of various carnival food offerings, plus Bangkok House Chinese food and Short Bus Bar-B-Que for those of you that want a more substantial meal.”

On Friday night, there will be a free concert and dance in the park beginning at 6 p.m. to approximately 10 p.m., with 4 Miles Gone performing music from the ‘60s through the ‘80s and beyond.

“Folks are welcome to bring their own chair or blanket and dance the night away,” said Kelso.

Petersburg’s Lion Club will start off Saturday with a Pancake Breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. – it’s all you can eat for $5. Then you can walk off all those calories as you shop all the arts and craft booths. At 9 a.m. Jennifer Jeter will open the day by singing the National Anthem followed by cloggers, bluegrass bands, gospel and country singers, karate demonstrations, belly dancers, and various other performers throughout the day. There will also be various entertainers walking around the park and performing throughout the day. Then Southern Express Band will close out the day with a short concert from 5:45 to 7 p.m.

“Help us show off Fayetteville’s hospitality, and come down and enjoy the show,” he added.