The Edmond Sun

May 2, 2013

3-day Edmond arts festival expects to draw 30,000

Mark Schlachtenhaufen
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — The Downtown Edmond Business Association is having its 34th Annual Downtown Edmond Arts Festival from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

It features more than 100 booths by artists from across Oklahoma and the country. Media include oil/acrylic, water color/pastels, pen and ink, caricature and photography, sculpture, blown glass and fine jewelry.

Festival chairwoman Bryanne Wallace said plans are coming together and the event will be ready as usual this morning in spite of a record-breaking cold snap Thursday across the state.

At mid-day Thursday, it was 41 degrees with overcast skies in the Edmond area, according to the National Weather Service.

Friday’s forecast calls for partly sunny skies and a high near 54. The weekend forecast calls for a slight chance of rain and a high near 57 on Saturday, followed by a partly sunny sky and a high near 62 on Sunday.

Wallace said about 10 leaders work on the increasingly popular event year-round and more than 100 volunteers help out during it.

“It’s going to be wonderful,” Wallace said Thursday afternoon.

Additionally, the festival offers a children’s area at the Festival Market Place, performing arts with music on the plaza, culinary arts and Oklahoma wineries.

Family friendly activities include a large children’s area with face painting, a giant slide, a bungee jump, sand art, two moon walks, an obstacle course and a climbing wall. Chalk the Walk starts at 10 a.m. Saturday and culminates with judging at 1 p.m. Winners in several divisions will be awarded prizes.

Today, guests will be treated to a full day of music, which will include groups from many local schools. The day culminates with a Son del Barrio concert from 7-9 p.m.

Saturday entertainment includes a style show at 10 a.m., the Edmond Youth Chorus at 11 a.m., the Holy Trinity School Chorus at noon, gospel singer James Willis at 1 p.m., The Stringents at 2 p.m., the Lynda Tarpley Dancers at 3 p.m., the Erica James Band at 5 p.m. and a zero2sixty concert from 7-9 p.m.

Sunday events include the Predestine Nation Singers/Dancers at 11 a.m. and from 12:30-3 p.m. the Sequoyah Middle School Jazz Band, the Cimarron Middle School Jazz Band, the Edmond Memorial JV Jazz Band and the Edmond Facility and Friends Jazz Ensemble. At 3 p.m., the 145th Army National Guard Band will perform.

Music on Othello’s corner will feature Edgar Cruz at 5 p.m. Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday.

This year’s festival will benefit the Angels Foster Family Network, at 15th and Broadway in Edmond. Executive Director Jennifer Abney said the private agency places more than 100 children each year in Oklahoma County, and most of the families are in Edmond. Abney said it is exciting to be the festival’s beneficiary, and she encouraged guests to visit the organization’s booth.

There will be a hospitality tent in front of Cinnamon Bears at the corner of Broadway and First Street where guests can buy tickets for an opportunity to win an amazing basket.

Edmond is a great place to raise children with its schools, business community and faith community, Abney said. Volunteers are always needed, she said. For more information about Angels Foster Family Network, visit www.angelsfosterokc.org.

The Downtown Edmond Business Association cultivates relationships between downtown merchants and the surrounding community. Edmond’s Streetscape added new sidewalks, lamp posts, trees, shrubs and sculptured art, giving the area an even more comfortable, relaxed atmosphere.



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