5 Things You Should Know About the Olde Worthington Art Festival


With this year's Worthington Art Festival just around the corner on June 15 and 16, we thought it might be appropriate to list some of the best things about the festival that you may or may not already know. Here it goes--in no particular order.

1. The Worthington Art Festival is top-quality.

Sunshine Artist magazine chose the Olde Worthington Art Festival as one of the 13 festivals not to miss in 2013. If that doesn't say enough, consider that the juried festival receives many more applications to participate than spaces available--a testament to its popularity and success.

2. You can drop and shop.

Again this year, visitors can take advantage of free parking at the McConnell Arts Center (MAC) on the corner of Route 161 and Evening Street. From there, you can catch the shuttle, which drops you off at the Village Green. And, you can load up on original artwork and not worry about carrying it around all day. Simply drop your purchases at the MAC tent while you're at the festival--and then shop for more. The drop-and-shop route is a continuous loop that starts at 777 Evening Street (MAC), travels south on Evening Street to New England, Oxford, South Street, Hartford, Stafford and then back to the MAC.

3. You won't go hungry or thirsty.

Plenty of food vendors will be on site, offering everything from cinnamon toasted almonds and lemon shake-ups to breakfast sandwiches, Kettle Korn and a wide variety of snacks and daytime sandwiches. If that's not enough to satisfy your cravings, Downtown Worthington's many restaurants will be open throughout the day, offering a variety of quick and easy food choices and fine dining. The Worthington Farmers Market will be open during the morning hours of June 15, offering a lineup of home-grown food choices as well.

4. The juried show features an eclectic lineup of artwork.

Get a firsthand look at everything from fine paintings in oil, acrylic and watercolor to fashionable clothing, accessories and jewelry for both children and adults, or a wide selection of functional and decorative pots, dinnerware, fountains, furniture and sculpture. With more than 150 artists and fine craftsmen from across the country, the show features sculptures, ceramics, oils, watercolors, furniture, jewelry, fiber, glass, photography and mixed media in applied and fine arts.

5. There's toe-tappin' music, too.

The Columbus Folk Music Group will be on hand to play throughout the day, providing some welcome tunes and

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musical accompaniment. Several musicians will be making and demonstrating their instruments for festival visitors.

If You Go....

Saturday, June 15, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, June 16, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Worthington Village Green
Corner of Routes 161 and 23 (High Street)

For more information about this event and others, check out the event calendar at www.visitworthingtonohio.com.