• John McDaniel, Midway Correspondent

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This weekend will be one of Midway's biggest weekends for the year. It is the weekend for the Francisco's Farm Arts Festival. This festival has been a successful juried art fair since 2004. In 2003, a group of Midwegians met in the home of Charlann Wombles to plan an arts fair that year with the intention to have it downtown. After a few weeks of planning, it was determined that in order to do the project right they would plan for the event to be the following year in 2004. It seems that the decision to wait and do it right was a good one. The festival has won numerous awards since its debut. It won the 2004 Enterprise Cities Award from the Kentucky League of Cities. It's twice been placed among the Top Ten Festivals and Events by the Kentucky Tourism Council and was among the "Top 20 Events" for June 2007 and 2008 chosen by the Southeast Tourism Society. In January, The Kentucky Festival and Events Association presented Francisco's Farm with its "Best Festival Website" award. Originally, the art fair was a combined venture financed by the City of Midway, Midway College and the Midway Renaissance. Presently, the fair has financed itself and has an agreement with Midway University where the event takes place. There were about 75 artists the first year and one of the featured exhibits was the collection of paintings by Sybil Dorsett (a pseudonym for Shirley Ardell Mason) known for being diagnosed with dissociative identity disorder (then referred to as multiple personality disorder) by her psychoanalyst, Cornelia B. Wilbur. Another was an amazing exhibit of kaleidoscopes from Artique Gallery, a store inLexington Green owned by Kathy and Mike Stutland. There were literally hundreds of kaleidoscopes. The name Francisco's Farm comes from Col. John Francisco, the original owner of the land where the original boundaries of the town were established. The university still owns the property where Francisco's home originally stood on East Cross Street. Remember the Francisco's Farm Arts Festival at Midway University this Saturday, May 21, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, May 22, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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