More than 1,500 people stroll through 12th annual Art in the Park



Pedro the miniature donkey leads the children’s parade through the art fair grounds. Photo by Lania Rocha

Pedro the miniature donkey leads the children’s parade through the art fair grounds. Photo by Lania Rocha

SWARTZ CREEK — Despite 90-degree temperatures and 90-plus percent humidity, the 12th annual Art in the Park art fair still drew a large crowd of shoppers and visitors who enjoyed a variety of art, music and food Saturday, Aug. 28, in Elms Park.

“It went pretty well,” said Kiwanian Doug Stephens, art fair chairman. “I think if it would have been better weather, maybe we would have had more people. But we did have quite a good crowd. We counted 1,500 people, and I’m sure we didn’t count everybody. That’s probably about the same as in previous years.”

Fifty-three of the 55 vendors who signed up attended the event, bringing a variety of artistic creations from paintings and drawings to pottery and woodwork to textiles and jewelry, and more.

Two vendors canceled because of the heat, Stephens said.

“Everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves,” he said. “Everyone was friendly. I didn’t hear a whole lot of complaints, other than the heat. We heard a lot of positive comments. A lot of people said it was very well organized, but we always have a lot of artists tell us we have one of the best organized art fairs they’ve experienced.”

More than 1,500 people attended the 12th annual Art in the Park art fair Saturday at Elms Park. Photo by Lania Rocha

More than 1,500 people attended the 12th annual Art in the Park art fair Saturday at Elms Park. Photo by Lania Rocha

The art fair is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Swartz Creek, Swartz Creek Art Guild and GFWC Swartz Creek Women’s Club, with contributions from MTA and PFCU.