Kentuck Park

WVUA 23 Web Writer Audrey Watford

The 45th Annual Kentuck Festival of the Arts is happening this weekend at Kentuck Park in Northport.

The event occurs the third weekend in October every year and features more than 100 artists and crafters from around the country.  It also has a line-up of vocal artists, ranging from the McCrary Sisters, an American gospel quartet, to SHEL, a folk-pop band, throughout the weekend.

“It’s more competitive in the different kinds of areas that we have,” Amy Echols, executive director of the Kentuck Arts Center, said. “But we try to even out and give a wonderful view to everyone of the different kinds of art you can see.”

This year, the Northport City Council voted to allow beer at the festival.  The decision was met with a lot of protest from residents, but only local craft beer will be sold.  Echols said artisan beer fits well with an arts festival, and strict regulations in regard to the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, insurance providers and the city council will be in place to ensure the safety of all enjoying the festival.

The Kentuck Festival of the arts will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.  Tickets are $10 per day or $15 for a weekend pass.


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