ENGLEWOOD — The Englewood Festival and Arts Commission is proud to present the 44th annual Englewood Art Festival.
Sponsored by the city of Englewood this free event will be held under the trees at Centennial Park, 321 Union Boulevard on August 12 and 13.
“Our festival is a fun weekend with several thousand attending,” said Linda Bryan, festival chairwoman.
Festivities begin Saturday at 8 a.m. with the 28th annual 5K Classic Run. The start/finish line is on Union Boulevard near Overla Boulevard. Pre- race day entry fee is $20 with festival T-shirt or $10 without. Entrants wanting shirts must register before July 28 and may register online at http://www.alliancerunning.com/race-entry.php?=18. Race day registration is $12 (no shirt) from 7 to 7:45 a.m. at the Kindred Funeral Home parking lot. Immediately following the run the Festival Parade will roll down Union Boulevard.
Festival attractions include artists’ booths and community and civic displays. Exhibitor chairwoman Elizabeth Swanson states that many artists will be returning from previous festivals along with several new artists. Festival goers will find a variety of handmade items including leatherwork, wood turning and carvings, maple syrup and candy from the Thomas Ireland Smith farm, unique jewelry and pottery. Garber Farms returns again this year with their home grown produce and homemade jams and jellies.
Another festival favorite is a wide variety of food selections including bourbon chicken, pulled pork and beef brisket, pizza, homemade ice cream and a German “Bier Garden.”
Free entertainment is scheduled for both days. The Northmont High School Marching Band will kick off Saturday’s entertainment at noon followed by musician ‘Kip the Pirate’ (Kip Foster) at 1 p.m. Country artist David Mullikin will perform at 3 p.m., and the 5 p.m. evening concert will feature “Systems Go” and “Wright Brass” from the United States Air Force Band of Flight.
Sunday’s entertainment will begin at 11 a.m. with vocalist Lauren Kelly. The Englewood Civic Band will take the bandstand at 1:30 p.m., and Rock It 88 will close the festival entertainment beginning at 3 p.m.
Festival hours are 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. More festival information may be found at www.englewood.oh.us/237/Festival-Englewood or by calling the Earl Heck Community Center at (937) 836-5929.