Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

10th Annual Festifall Opens on Thursday

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

10th Annual Festifall Opens on Thursday

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Kerr Park downtown and Couch Drive will be turned into a festival grounds when the 10th annual FestiFall, sponsored by the Arts Council of Oklahoma City, opens for a three-day run on Thursday, Sept. 12.

Ginny Greenberg and Kent Williams are co-chairmen of the event, which will be opened at 11 a.m. Thursday by Mayor Andy Coats.

The arts festival will have 47 booths, with regional artists exhibiting displays of work in clay, wood, sculpture, glass, leather, jewelry, fiber and other metals. Many of the artists will be returning from last year.

About 70,000 persons are expected to attend the festival during the three-day run. The event is described as a "three dimensional show," with only arts and crafts, and no painting or photography. Pottery, leathercraft and weaving will be featured.

More than 500 volunteers have been preparing for the festival, which is billed as "a celebration of the autumn season."

James Tolbert III is chairman of the board of the Arts Council, with Jackie Carey as president and Jackie Jones executive director.

There also will be seven food booths offering "international taste treats," and continuous free live entertainment is planned for all three days.

To be presented on the Kerr Park Stage Thursday will be the John Arnold country and western band; the Colleen Sheppard Group; singer John Webster; pianist Robin Bealmar; guitarist Edgar Cruz; and Tim Sullivan. The entertainment will begin at 11 a.m. eacch day and continue until the festival closes at 7 p.m.

Featured on Friday, the second day, will be Renaissance Jazz; folk group Banish Misfortune; the A&T Glee Club; pianist C. B. Woods; singer Pat Cullen; and Moonlight Serenade.

Entertainment on Saturday, the final day, will include the Sisters of Swing; the Good Company; rock group Rhoades Scholars; Switch Craft; Rocking R. …

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