According to show directors Billie Nipper and John Simmons, the family event is the largest running outdoor arts and crafts festival in the Ocoee region with more than a hundred artists and craftsmen, along with special events for every age. They welcome the full house of returning exhibitors, vendors and entertainers, as well as 30 new exhibitors this year — many from outside Tennessee.
Free door prizes will be given every half hour during the festival. Admission is adults $5 (60 and up, $4) and under age 12, free.
The festival will feature ongoing entertainment throughout the weekend. For the children, this is the first time the Cow Train Express will provide exciting rides. And as always, a variety of favorite foods will be available.
This year, sculptor Josh Coleman will share a booth with the Col. Benjamin Cleveland Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution. He will present the clay model of the proposed bronze, life-size statue of Col. Cleveland which is planned to stand in the new First Street Park depending on fundraising efforts. Coleman, who has had life-size pieces and busts of his work displayed the Museum Center at Five Points, was approved by the committee to create a statue of Cleveland.
A general fundraising effort is under way in Cleveland with members soliciting citizens, social and fraternal orders and businesses. There will be an opportunity to donate to this community project while attending the festival. Look for the Revolutionary period uniforms at the Josh Coleman/Sons of the American Revolution booth. See related story, Page 30.