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Andrew King, 3, looks at a book by writer and illustrator Jeri Landers as she watches Saturday at the Sawnee Arts Festival held at Central Park. - photo by Emily Saunders
Event organizer Paula Chambers said Saturday’s second annual Sawnee Arts Festival went well despite the weather.

Chambers said rain Saturday forced artists, puppeteers, singers and dancers into the Central Park Recreation Center, while a chili cook-off and some other functions were postponed.

Artists showed off their skills and peddled their wares to a receptive crowd that Chambers said numbered more than 2,000 people.

The free festival boasted more than 70 vendors and featured an artists’ gallery of for-sale items and “A Touch of the Arts” interactive area with hands-on demonstrations.

A popular exhibit for children was pottery making, Chambers said, adding that kids made more than 70 different types of clay pots.

Children’s entertainment included a puppet show by the local library system and five storytellers.

The festivities also included artistic performances by the Forsyth Central High School Maskers, Sawnee Ballet, Second Wave Band and the High Cotton Band.

Chambers said the county parks and recreation department plans to hold another Sawnee Arts Festival next year, when “hopefully, the weather will be better.”

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