44th ANNUAL DELAWARE ARTS FESTIVAL
This year’s 44th Delaware Arts Festival will be held on Saturday, May 20th and Sunday, May 21st.
Beautiful white tents will be filled with artists, brimming over with paintings, sculpture, fiber art, jewelry designers, wood art and ceramics. There will be something for everyone that you absolutely can’t live without! The artists exhibiting are from Ohio and several other states, many are new artists to the Festival and many are talented artisans who have been exhibiting here for several years. There will be information booths for the Historical Society, Library, Andrews House, Gazette and on and on, so you can pick up literature, talk with volunteers about any of these agencies, while your kids are having their faces painted!
This year, the Scholarship Committee is awarding scholarships totaling $20,000.00 to 3 talented and aspiring students. The Presentation Ceremony will be at The Plaza Saturday at 1:00pm. Come and applaud this next generation of creative and talented young people.
The Food Street will be chock full of food trucks that will bring wonderful food with some new and different trucks to tickle any palate.
New this year, the entertainment will be held at “The Plaza”, the town square next to Amato’s and we have a great family friendly lineup that should appeal all. The Festival will open on Saturday with the award winning AFJROTC Color Guard marching on Sandusky Street. Then we start our music with a tour of the 50’s & 60’s thru bluegrass and then oldies to current pop. Sunday, the Festival opens with the Columbus Police & Fire Bagpipe Band who will march north and south on Sandusky street ending at The Plaza for a short concert. Next is a an acoustic eclectic mix, then we head to the 60’s & 70’s and The Festival ends with a magical performance by Magician “Magic Nate”!
Put the Weekend of May 20th on your calendar to come to downtown Delaware for the 44th Annual Delaware Arts Festival!
Your good time will be waiting for you!
“BEHIND THE SCENES”
As you walk thru the white tents of this year’s Arts Festival, brimming over with watercolors, oil paintings, photography, one of a kind jewelry, glass, sculpture, woodcraft and ceramics, do you ever wonder what it takes to make these two days special and successful?
It all begins 6 months before the Festival…when the Committee meets to decide their strategy and divide all the 20 + categories among the volunteers. Once we get our assignments, the very first thing done is the exhibitor application mailing – this is when we get rolling! By the application deadline, the applications are juried and limited to 15% per category of the total number of exhibitors. This keeps the show varied and interesting. Letters of acceptance go out, booths are assigned – the Festival is taking shape!
The Grants, Sponsors and Scholarship Committees are hard at work making calls and sending application information to all the educational venues in Delaware County. Our Scholarship applicants bring 10 pieces of their art to the scholarship interview – the scholarships are very generous , this year totaling $20,000.00! Grants are also provided to all school art departments, the library, Andrews House and many other well deserved agencies. So, The Festival is not only a good time, but a serious philanthropic group!
The Food Truck Committee is contacting, tasting and looking for a wide variety of foods , always trying not to compete with the many great restaurants in Delaware! The Food Truck set up is a big job, making sure electric can be accessed easily and that the area is easy to walk thru. Tables & chairs are planned for the lunch, rest area.
Entertainment with a family friendly theme is researched, booked, scheduled. This year, the Entertainment will be at “The Plaza”, at the corner of Sandusky & W William Streets next to Amato’s. Chairs will be set up and you can bring your food right in, eat and enjoy!
Opening day begins at 4:30am when the booths are measured out, chalked and numbered. Porta johns are delivered and set up, electric cables are ready for the food trucks just as they begin to pull in. At 6am, the exhibitors start arriving, they have 1 hour to drive their displays to their booths, unload, set up and drive out before the streets are closed to traffic and closed with barriers. Our Hospitality Room at
Andrews House gets ready to provide food, refreshments and clean bathrooms for the exhibitors – and we have volunteers available to booth sit for exhibitors needing a short break.
Then the Festival Begins…and the work keeps going on and on.
Trash bags are constantly emptied & replaced, streets are constantly picked up. At 6:00 pm on Saturday, the Festival closes and the final trash bags are put out , booths are closed, streets are secured and swept clean by Boy Scout Groups and are patrolled by a private security company.
Whew! Day 1 was a success…Tomorrow, we start all over again!