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March 26, 2012

Art in the Park has best turnout ever

ORANGE — By Tommy Mann Jr.

The Orange Leader

ORANGE — Big crowds, beautiful weather and art everywhere made the 10th annual Art in the Park one to remember.

The 10th annual Art in the Park festival was held this past Saturday, March 24, at Stark Park in downtown Orange. Dozens of artists and vendors lined the grounds of Stark Park as hundreds upon hundreds of people strolled the site taking in the myriad of artistry available.

“It was a fabulous day,” said Darline Zavada, director of the City of Orange Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. “The streets were so crowded you couldn’t maneuver very well.”

Zavada said so many people attended this year’s event that the Lutcher Theater parking lot was full and cars lined the streets of downtown.

“People were walking from two blocks away at one point,” Zavada added with a laugh. “There were so many people the food vendors nearly sold out of everything they had. The only bad thing was that the mosquitos got bad when it finally got dark during the street dance.”

Zavada said most artists and vendors were pleased with Saturday’s results, especially considering the South Texas State Fair opened Thursday, March 22.

This year’s Art in the Park featured an array of art, including some brilliant abstract paintings, wood-work and even pistachio nut earrings.

“This was the best Art in the Park we’ve ever had,” she said. “I would love to see it grow and continue to get bigger and better. Our vendors and artists are already excited about next year.”

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