Debbie Hamilton paints a rosy picture of the upcoming Bellefonte Arts and Crafts Fair.
“We probably have over 25 new artists coming,” said Hamilton, the fair’s director. “We have a record number of artists this year, and they have some really interesting artwork.”
The 31st fair is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 15 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 16 at Talleyrand Park.
In addition to more than 80 artists and craft makers, including two chain saw carvers, the fair features a variety of free entertainment.
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On two stages, the fair’s lineup of acts will represent Celtic, rock, blues, bluegrass, jazz, pop, big band swing and other musical genres.
Brian Stamm, a balloon artist and magician, will perform next to the children’s activities tent offering chances to make art 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. both days.
Young fairgoers also can explore the Dominion Science Center, a traveling exhibit of hands-on displays open throughout the fair hours.
On Saturday, they can examine artwork made by their peers up to the age of 16 in special displays for youth artists.
At the Bellefonte Hometown Area near the train station, local products and services will be front and center at booths set up by businesses.
“It’s a cooperation between the town and art,” Hamilton said.
And at the Match Factory building from noon to 5:30 p.m. Friday, the fair will hold a blood drive to benefit Josh Hardy, a local 8-year-old boy fighting cancer.
Throughout both days, free shuttles will run back and forth from parking at Bellefonte Area High School.
Because of the fair committee’s hard work and the fair sponsors’ support, Hamilton said, she anticipates a successful event.
“It’s very busy. We’re exhausted at the end,” she said.
“But it is a lot of fun. You make a lot of friends each year.”
For more information, visit www.bellefontefair.org.