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Annual ArtsFest set for Saturday
Fun begins at 10 a.m. on Sweetheart Circle
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Sheila Harris, left, delights Amita Brkich and mom Katie Brkich by teaching them to make paper during the 2017 ArtsFest at Sweetheart Circle. The 2018 ArtsFest is set for Saturday. - photo by SCOTT BRYANT/Herald File

The 2018 ArtsFest returns for its 36th year on Saturday and once again will be held on Sweetheart Circle at Georgia Southern University from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

This is the third year that Statesboro-Bulloch County Parks and Recreation has hosted ArtsFest, having picked it up after the university's art department announced in 2016 that it would no longer serve as host.

For ArtsFest 2018, Parks and Recreation has lined up more than 30 Art Stops, plus organizations participating in the Artists' Market and several food and beverage vendors.

Also, there will be a community stage filled with live music and performances, including Pladd Dot Music's School of Rock, Statesboro Youth Theatre, Technique Dance Company, Langston Chapel Middle School Step Team and many more.

"We are excited to have a filled community stage with a variety of local acts that will entertain guests throughout the day," said Kimberly Sharpe, the Rec Department's events coordinator. Guests can browse through the Artists' Market filled with unique creations from local artists that will be available for purchase.

"Many artists will be demonstrating their craft at their respective booths," Sharpe said.

There will be inflatables for the children thanks to Lori Grice Photography, as well as bubble pools and a Paint Place filled with easels and paint just awaiting their masterpiece.

"We ask that parents dress kids for a mess because the fun Art Stops may use materials that may not be washable," Sharpe said. "Please bring a smock or wear something that you won't mind getting dirty!"

Food and beverage vendors will be on the circle with traditional festival food such as kettle corn, funnel cakes, hamburgers, hotdogs, lemonade and more.

"ArtsFest is a free event - with the exception of commemorative T-shirts, which are only $5 that you can tie-dye, and any food and beverage items," said Broni Gainous, marketing and communications coordinator. "We ask that you bring cash because very few vendors accept credit or debit cards."

Sponsors for the event include Dabbs, Hickman, Hill & Cannon CPAs; the Kiwanis Club of Statesboro; Premier Dental Wellness; East Georgia Regional Medical Center; Pladd Dot Music; Lori Grice Photography; Coca-Cola; AT&T Wireless; Northland Cable/Cable Ad Concepts; and Chick-fil-A.

Community partners for the event include the Averitt Center for the Arts, Bulloch County Schools, Statesboro STEAM, the Statesboro Regional Art Association, the GSU Center for Sustainability, GSU Leadership and Civic Engagement, the GSU Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art, the GSU Music Department, the GSU Theatre Department, the GSU Museum and Georgia Southern University as a whole.

For complete details on ArtsFest, visit or call (912) 764-5637, ext. 1.



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