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Friday night concert will open 40th Music and Arts Festival

Roaming performers will returns; size of activity area for children doubled


The Westerville Area Chamber of Commerce's 40th annual Music and Arts Festival will feature more than 130 artists displaying their work, plus live entertainment, more performing artists and more activities for children.

The 2013 festival will run from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 13, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 14, at Heritage Park and Everal Barn, 60 N. Cleveland Ave.

The Westerville Concert Band has coordinated a Friday night kick-off concert for the festival with the High Street Stompers Dixieland Band. The free concert will be at 6:30 p.m. July 12 in the amphitheater at Alum Creek Park, 221 W. Main St.

The stilt walkers who were a hit with festival visitors last year will return for the weekend, said Erin Glaser, marketing manager for the chamber and festival. Local juggler and unicyclist Matt Jergens will tour the festival, entertaining patrons, along with a living statue.

The hope is that the roaming performers will enhance the festival atmosphere and keep patrons entertained as they stroll and view the works of the festival's many artists.

"When the festival patrons come to the grounds, they'll see something different almost every hour or hour and a half," Glaser said.

In recognition of 2013 being named the Year of the Arts in Westerville, the Westerville Department of Parks and Recreation will offer more children's activities and crafts at the children's tent.

"It's double in size of what it has been in past years," Glaser said of the children's area.

Favorite, such as sand art and face painting, will return to the tent, but there will be more crafts, a workshop offering "Creative Fun with Recyclables," drama workshops, magic shows and readings with "Louie!" author and illustrator Will Hillenbrand.

"They're bringing in a lot of different kinds of entertainment under that tent," Glaser said. "It's constantly going throughout the festival."

Once again, the festival will feature more than 130 artists and artisans in its juried show.

The "Westerville Walkway" will feature local artists, while the "Heritage" sections will showcase artists displaying and demonstrating old-world crafts.

Many food vendors, some returning and some new, will be on hand, and live entertainment is scheduled on two stages throughout the festival.

Eleven social organizations will be on hand in the "Civic Corner."

The annual silent auction, with items donated by festival artists, will be on the first floor of Everal Barn.

The children's art exhibition and contest will be on the second floor of Everal Barn.

As always, the festival provides a weekend full of family-friendly entertainment, Glaser said.

"It's a great way to spend the day with your family," she said. "The festival, every year, is more of a destination. It's something that everyone can enjoy together."

Festival admission is $1; children 16 and younger are admitted free.

Free parking is available within walking distance of the festival, and free trolleys will run from the parking lot at the Westerville Sports Complex, 325 N. Cleveland Ave., and on College Avenue just west of State Street.