Artists prepare for Kentuck Festival this weekend

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Kentuck festival of the arts

By WVUA 23 News Reporter Maria Grenyo

<p class=”x_MsoNormal”>After a year off, the <a href=”https://www.kentuck.org/the-festival” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Kentuck Festival of the Arts</a> is back for its 50th anniversary.</p><p>And the artists couldn’t be happier.</p><p class=”x_MsoNormal”>“What’s not to be excited about?” said Kentuck Resident Folk Artist Scott McQueen. “It’s our 50th year, golden anniversary, and we have 260 artists, some of the best from all over the county.”</p><p class=”x_MsoNormal”>The festival is one of the Top 10 events worth attending in Alabama, according to the <a href=”https://alabama.travel/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Alabama Department of Tourism</a>.</p><p class=”x_MsoNormal”>It’s open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Kentuck Park in Northport.</p><p class=”x_MsoNormal”>Tickets are $10 for a single day, or $15 for a weekend pass. Kids 12 and younger get in free.</p><p class=”x_MsoNormal”>Festival artist Paul Gillam said he hopes attendees will find one-of-a-kind pieces they love.</p><p class=”x_MsoNormal”>“There is a shortage of a lot of stuff, so I figure this is a good opportunity for people to come out to this kind of show and get them some nice art,” he said. “I mean the pottery, the paintings, the woodworking, there’s lots of nice things here to see.”</p><p class=”x_MsoNormal”>Along with hundreds of artists, the festival offers educational demonstrations, interactive arts areas, children’s arts activities, music, storytelling, craft beer and plenty of food.</p><p class=”x_MsoNormal”>Kentuck Marketing Manager Ashley Williams said she’s excited to be back at Kentuck Park for an in-person event.</p><p class=”x_MsoNormal”>“It’s a little bit like a really fun family reunion every year, and so this one’s a little bit sweeter because we haven’t seen everyone in two years,” she said.</p><p class=”x_MsoNormal”>The festival usually attracts between 10,000 and 15,000 visitors each year.</p>

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