Festival plans under way

Art Show entries available at Fayette Advertiser, Commercial Trust, and on line at www.fayettefestival.org

While the date still is nearly four months in the future, plans already are under way for the 10th annual Fayette Festival of the Arts. The day-long end-of-summer event is set for Saturday, Aug. 4, in and around the historic Howard County Courthouse and the campus of Central Methodist University.
Sponsorship is under the umbrella of the Fayette Area Heritage Association (FAHA).
A key element during the festival is the annual Fayette Art Show which had its inception in 2000 as part of an earlier event known as the Great Fayette Freeze Off.
As in past years, adult art works will be displayed the day of the festival in CMU’s Ashby-Hodge Gallery of American Art in Classic Hall, with youth entries shown simultaneously in the main level of the courthouse.
“Every year we make a real effort to have entry forms printed early, particularly so youth entrants can prepare their art during the school year in conjunction with school art classes,” notes festival general coordinator Jim Steele. “Patricia Fisher generously has volunteered to remain this year as art show coordinator. Recently she personally has visited each of the public and parochial schools in Howard County with entry forms and posters.”
There is no charge for youth entries which compete in three divisions – elementary, middle school, and high school. Adult entries compete in two divisions, amateur and professional.
Copies of the entry form are available at the Commercial Trust service desk or the Fayette Advertiser newspaper office. They also may be downloaded from the festival’s web-site, www.fayettefestival.org.
Entry fields for both youth and adults include: Painting in Acrylic or Oil; Painting in Watercolor or Pastel; Painting in Pen & Ink, Pencil, or Charcoal; Photography; Sculpture; and Varied Media (Computer Art, Fiber Art, and Mixed Media). A person may submit up to four entries. There are generous cash prizes for first-place winners, with judging done by professional artists.
As in past years, music will be a key part of the festival celebration, with performances taking place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in and around the courthouse Memorial Bandstand. These will include the always-popular Columbia Community Band playing at 11 a.m. Other groups will perform gospel, vocal, brass, Dixieland jazz, and country.
A complete schedule will be announced at a later date.
The festival as always will include food, ice cream and other refreshments, plus a number of vendors selling various items. Also there will be nonprofit information booths and demonstrations, historical displays, a cake auction, and viewing of antique vehicles.
Other displays will include fire, police and rescue vehicles which can be inspected by kids and adults alike. A free bounce house will be provided for the youngsters.
Another major event happening on the same day will be the annual Peacemakers Quilt Show in Linn Memorial United Methodist Church on the CMU campus. This year’s show is titled “The Four Seasons of Quilting” and will feature a display of quilts on the stage representing the four seasons.
The back of the sanctuary will be devoted to the Quilts of Valor. Between the stage and the back of the sanctuary chairs will be draped with quilts of many styles, patterns and colors.
The Peacemakers again plan to rearrange the chairs so visitors can walk between the quilts and get a closer look at the exquisite workmanship displayed.
New this year will be a Wine Walk from 4 to 7 p.m. Aug. 4, sponsored by the Fayette Area Community Theater (FACT).
Later that evening the annual Fayette Schools Reunion will take place at the high school.

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