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Francisco's Farm Arts Festival set for May 21, 22

The annual Francisco’s Farm Arts Festival will be held at Midway University on Saturday and Sunday, May 21 and 22. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. While admission to the festival is free, the fee to park will be $5 per vehicle. Presented by Midway Renaissance, the Francisco’s Farm Arts Festival has become one of Woodford County’s signature events. This year’s festival will feature 92 artists from 16 states, including potters, painters, jewelry makers, woodworkers and photographers. All of the participating artists were juried by a panel and selected from an application process. “Visitors to this year’s festival will be pleased with the wide variety of artists,” said Kenny Smith, artist committee chair. “We have several of our crowd favorites returning this year along with a number of newcomers to the event. We will also have an artist demonstration booth open throughout the festival. The demonstrators are Chris Oaks of Louisa, Virginia, who will be demonstrating how to weave hammocks and related furniture items, and Jim and Nancy Phillips of Jacksboro, Tennessee, demonstrating basket weaving.” “Midway Renaissance and Midway University are excited to welcome visitors to this year’s festival,” said Joy Arnold, festival committee chair. “Our volunteers work throughout the year to stage this event and we are excited to show off our community and our beautiful university’s campus, which provides a lovely setting to view works of art, hear wonderful music and have an event the whole family will enjoy.” Woodford County Public Library will once again sponsor a children’s art activities booth, where kids can create beautiful art of their own. This year’s projects will have children creating their own enchanted crown to wear around the festival. Food vendors will offer eclectic festival food including barbecue, crab cakes, specialty drinks, ice cream, homemade candies and more. And as has been the festival’s tradition since it began, a variety of local musicians will be on hand to entertain festival goers each day. A complete lineup will be published on the festival’s website. Time to volunteer The festival is a large event and organizers are always looking for volunteers to help with the show’s set-up and tear down, parking, children’s activities, information booth attendants, greeters and more. There are two volunteer orientation sessions to choose from: Sunday, May 8, at 7 p.m., and again Monday, May 9, at 7 p.m., both lasting about an hour. The location of these orientations will be the Duthie Auditorium at the Anne Hart Raymond Center on Midway University’s campus (512 E. Stephens Street). These orientations will cover what each volunteer position entails, provide assignments, and provide a volunteer t-shirt. Volunteers are encouraged to attend one of the sessions, but it is not mandatory in order to volunteer. For more information, contact volunteer voordinator Debra Shockley at (859) 227-8993 or by e-mail at volunteer@franciscosfarm.org.

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