Celebrating Brookings Summer Arts Festival
by Betsy Jibben, Reporter
July 13, 2013 9:37 PM
Artists, admirers and buyers alike gathered in one place Saturday. A group of 75,000 people are expected to pack Pioneer Park this weekend for the 42 annual Brookings Summer Arts Festival.
Not the heat or the construction could stop thousands from piling into Pioneer Park on Saturday. More than three stages of music and 40 food vendors set up to show the tricks of their trade. That's not what draws the crowd, 200 artists are there to showcase dozens of different art forms.
What makes the Brookings Summer Arts Festival so special is not just the displays,
but getting to meet the faces behind it.
"I come to the Brookings Arts Festival because it's a great show and a great location and I get repeat customers but also new ones as well," said artist Roberta Steele."
Not all of the vendors from the Brookings Arts festival are from Brookings. In fact, coordinators say around 180 of them are from all over the nation.
Bob Holloway is one of those out-of-towners. The 85-year-old is the featured artist of the year's festival. It's easy to see why. He still travels all the way from Kansas City to be a part of the event. He says the festival is one of his favorite places to display his art.
"I've been coming here for 20-years. They are good to us and we are good to them," said artist Bob Holloway.
He does it for this, to capture the attention of people like Patty Jorgenson. It's not the first time either. She has bought his work before and it probably won't be the last.
"We are here partly for the food, artwork and just here at the same place we were last year to see what he has to offer," says Patty Jorgenson.
The festival is free for the public. There are booth fees and vendor fees, but that money is then turned around to advertise the event. The Brookings Summer Arts Festival will be going on through Sunday until 5 p.m.