Day in the Park set for Saturday

Sep. 19, 2013 @ 01:49 PM

Organizers with the High Point Area Arts Council are busy planning a day full of food, family and fun.
The High Point Area Arts Council will present its 43rd annual Day in the Park Festival on Saturday at City Lake Park from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The festival is presented by the High Point Arts Council in cooperation with the High Point Parks & Recreation Department.
The event is free and open to the public.
“We usually have between 3,000 to 5,000 people come out to the event, depending on the weather and what else is going on,” said Travis Compton, community outreach coordinator. “We have been organizing all the vendors and exhibitors.”
Attendees will have a chance to visit the Marketplace Bazaar to display and sell their original pieces, including pottery, jewelry, photography, note cards, stained glass, wooden and sewn crafts.
There will be folk life exhibits set up around the park as well. The exhibits will include historic games, quilting, soap making, basket weaving, spinning and Revolutionary War re-enactors.
There will be a variety of food for attendees to try as well. Food vendors are expected to include funnel cakes, roasted corn, polish sausage, pizza, burgers and kettle corn.
There will be two stages set up at the event, one featuring community groups and local talent while the other features local bands.
There will be a special area for children.
Children’s Adventure Island will offer kids a variety of arts activities, including talking like a pirate and the Pirate Costume Contest.
There also will be pirates re-enactors at the event.
“The pirates will be there interacting with the kids, teaching them how to talk like a pirate showing them how to shoot off black powder muskets,” Compton said. “We will have a pirate disc jockey in Adventure Island as well.”
Children will be able to dance along with the Andrews Marching Band, and there will be participation craft projects hosted by local nonprofits including the Theatre Art Galleries, Westchester Country Day School, YWCA and the Andrews Marching Band.
There will be all-day ride tickets available for $6, which include the train, carousel, miniature golf, inflatables and the rock climbing wall.
“The festival is always an amazing day,” Compton said. “It is in a park and on a lake, so it has a much different feel than other festivals in the area. We work really hard to make sure that it is a family-friendly event and that we have lots of stuff for the kids to participate in during the day.”
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On stage
Field Stage Performances

• 11 a.m. - Andrews Marching Band
• Noon - Eric & The Chill Tones
• 2 p.m. - Cufflinx
• 3:30 p.m. - EnVision

Carousel stage performances

• 11:30 p.m. - Andrews Marching Band
• Noon -  Audrey Puschinsky - violinist
• 12:45 - Rowdy Robin - The storytelling pirate
• 1 p.m. - Andrews Marching Band
• 1:45 p.m. - Drum Circle led by Robin Leftwich
• 3:15 p.m. - Easy Greens
• 4 p.m. - Freestyle Drum Circle