Kentuck Festival celebrating 50 years this month

Kentuck Festival

By WVUA 23 News Reporter Aajene Robinson

After a year off, the 50thKentuck Festival of the Arts is back and better than ever.

Because of COVID-19 concerns, the 2020 festival was canceled. This year, masks will be required for anyone attending or showcasing their wares.

The festival is happening Oct. 16 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Oct. 17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Kentuck Park in Northport.

This year the festival features more than 260 artists, along with live music, children’s activities, food trucks and more.

Kentuck Art Center Executive Director Ashley Echols said they’re partnering with the University of Alabama’s College of Community Health Sciences and offering free COVID-19 vaccines from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day.

“We have really put in our budget this year and ordered a lot of hand sanitizer,” Echols said. “We have also ordered handwashing stations and portable restrooms on a trailer,” Echols said. “We have really tried to do everything we can to encourage people to be safe. There will be signs all over the park that say mask up.”

Even with all the precautions, Echols said some artists who come in from out of state can’t travel this year.

“There are several of our favorite artists whose doctors will not let them travel to the state because of COVID-19,” Echols said. “They were extremely upset and we are extremely upset to miss them, but we definitely understand. We want everyone to put health and safety first.”

The festival is searching for volunteers. If you’re interested in signing up, click right here.

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