The Edmond Sun

April 26, 2014

Chair: 50,000-plus expected for Edmond Arts Festival

Mark Schlachtenhaufen
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — Good weather, new artists, new food and new family friendly entertainment offerings are expected to draw more than 50,000 visitors to the 2014 Downtown Edmond Arts Festival.

The increasingly popular free event presented by the Downtown Edmond Business Association will be from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and May 3 and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 4. It will feature more than 100 artists, live entertainment, face-painting, inflatables, sidewalk chalk activity and food vendors.

“The Downtown Edmond Arts Festival has grown significantly the past several years. It is a great event for all ages with nearly every artistic expression represented, live entertainment, a children’s area and various food vendors,” DEBA President Stephanie Carel said.

Bryanne Wallace, longtime festival chairwoman, said about two dozen new artists and local favorites will be among the 120 total artists selling paintings, sculptures, jewelry, pottery and other items. Wallace said the artists come from almost every state in the nation and they offer highly affordable items. Downtown shops also will be open for business.

“We try to have something for everybody,” she said, adding it’s a good opportunity to pick up something for Mother’s Day.

Other attractions include:

• Wallace said organizers are excited to announce two family friendly concerts. On Friday, guests can enjoy Matt Stansberry & The Romance, sponsored by Oklahoma Christian University. On Saturday, guests can enjoy The Wise Guys, sponsored by The Meat House. Both concerts will be at 7 p.m.;

• Art demonstrations at the Fine Arts Institute of Edmond, 27 E. Edwards St.;

• Chalk the Walk from noon-2 p.m. Saturday at the Festival Market Place, 30 W. First St.;

• A large childrens’ area with inflatables and other fun things to do;

• Individuals working with different artistic media from noon-5 p.m. May 3 and from noon-3 p.m. May 4 at Festival Market Place; and

• Entertainers from many of Edmond’s public schools and the University of Central Oklahoma will be on street corners.

No pets or ice chests are allowed.

Volunteer coordinator Christine Gibson said citizens are a major part of the all-volunteer festival. Gibson said they will be helping in the kids’ area, check in on vendors to see if they need relief or other assistance and work the hospitality tent.

Each year, the festival supports a local charity.

This year the Arts Festival will benefit Lilyfield Christian Adoption and Foster Care, an organization that provides comprehensive services to women in unplanned pregnancies, couples wishing to grow their families through adoption and foster families and children. Lilyfield will have a booth at the Arts Festival and will be selling chances to win a gift basket with various items from downtown Edmond merchants.

Festival Market Place will close at 6 p.m. April 30. There also will be temporary street closings beginning at 7 p.m. May 1. Drivers should be aware of the following closings: Broadway at Second Street north to Hurd; First Street west to the railroad tracks and east to the alley; Main Street east and west to the alley and the alley from Second Street to Main. Streets will reopen at about 9 p.m. May 4.

Tour bus and handicap parking will be available off Main Street and Broadway behind Othello’s.

The CityLink Edmond Transfer Center at Festival Market Place will relocate during the Arts Festival. Park and ride from outer areas of Edmond are also available with CityLink. For more information, visit | 341-2121, ext. 108