Sunday, September 17th marked the start of the 2nd Annual Artfest at the Community Park at the intersection of Factory Rd. and RT 35 in Beavercreek- the Girl Scout Park, along Creekside bike path. If you missed it, then next year will be your chance to catch the event and experience one of the largest art shows in the area. This year, the weather was beautiful and the exhibits were equally stunning.
This event is very different than any other type of Art festivals. It not only recognizes all types of arts, crafts and specialties, but also offers love interactive activities, art stations, demonstrations and the space to enjoy nature while having a picnic in the park, enjoying the wonderful pond and walking paths.
In addition to booths with crafts for sale, this event offered food trucks such as Beavercreek Pizza Dive; Zombie Dogz; Pa’s Pork; Cake, Hope & Love (who could pass up a good cupcake during a festival – not this girl!); as well as many more.
Live music and dancing was offered on the main stage throughout the event. Some of the performers included Katie Humble; Celtic Academy of Irish Dance and Joseph Glenn.
Special free demonstrations and interactions include nature painting, painting pumpkins, peace signs and flowers. Others include science fun and kid activities. There was something for everyone of all ages.
Chalk artists showed off their talents throughout the park and visitors had a chance to vote for their favorites and the winner was announced at the end of the day. (But since I didn’t stay that long, I never learned the winner- if anyone knows, please let me know.)
Items for sale included things like paintings, handbags, stuffed animals, photography, wood pieces, rugs, ceramics, t-shirts and much more.
Local businesses were on hand to showcase their products and services. Businesses such as This Old Couch, Beavercreek Arts Department, Owen’s Place, and Needle Ink & Thread. Which were your favorite?
Can’t wait to see you there next year!
Note: Free parking and shuttle service was available at the Nutter Center, Beavercreek High School and valet free parking available at Sylvan Learning Center.