The Edmond Sun

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May 4, 2013

Artists, crowds fill downtown for annual festival

EDMOND — The weather cooperated Friday morning, allowing for a smooth opening of the 34th annual Downtown Edmond Arts Festival. More than 30,000 visitors through the three-day weekend are expected to browse though booths filled with paintings, sculptures, jewelry, pottery and more. One of the biggest draws is the assortment of festival food, interactive activities for children and live music.

Laura Greenwood works for the City of Edmond and for the past 13 years she and her co-workers walk down the street to the Arts Festival to eat lunch.

“Oh my favorite is the fruit nachos,” Greenwood said. “It starts with cinnamon chips and then it has ice cream, strawberries, bananas, chocolate and whip cream.”

The sense of belonging has drawn Edmond native Shelby Howell to come back and set-up a booth for the five past years. Howell and his wife Judy live in Houston and present at 36 shows a year to display their decorative handmade crosses but they always look forward to coming back to Edmond.

“It is always our best show and we get to see family,” Howell said.

What goes together better with art than wine, which is why Whispering Meadows is doing complimentary wine tasting with their locally owned, award-winning wine.

For many this event has become a staple for their families. Bob and Karen Simon have been bringing their son to the arts festival since he was a toddler. Every year they search for the perfect metal art and pottery works to add to their home.

“We started coming to the festival when our son was in the stroller, to him waddling around, to where is he?” Simon said. “We come because we care. Edmond is a big city with a small town attitude.”

Festival-goers can enjoy specialty foods such as chicken on a stick, giant funnel cakes, catfish, barbecue or Indian tacos among other items.

The Downtown Edmond Arts Festival is on Broadway north from Second Street. The festival will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.

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