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Sawnee Arts Festival set for Saturday
Event offers ‘chance to get...hands dirty'
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The Forsyth Central High School Maskers drama group perform during last year's event. - photo by Jim Dean
Artists of all types plan to gather Saturday for the second annual Sawnee Arts Festival at Central Park Recreation Center.

And it’s not limited to those who illustrate with paintbrushes and canvas. Folks skilled in the art of acting, singing, dancing, storytelling and even chili-making will play a part in the event.

Admission is free for the festival, which runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Event organizer Laura Pate expects more than 70 vendors to show.

An artists’ gallery will feature items on display and for sale for attendees to observe.

“A Touch of the Arts” interactive area will allow children and adults alike to make their own masterpieces. Materials will be provided for crafting pottery and other artwork.

“People will get the chance to get their hands dirty,” Pate said.

While there is no charge to get into the festival, items will be available for purchase, and there will be vendors there for those looking to grab a bite.

The Junior Service League of Forsyth County plans to sponsor a chili cook-off fundraiser during the day.

“There will be lots of different types of chili to try,” Pate said.

Also scheduled are family-friendly performances in music, theater and dance by the Forsyth Central High School Maskers, Sawnee Ballet, Second Wave Band and the High Cotton Band.

The Forsyth County Library plans to put on a puppet show, and five storytellers will be on hand to entertain children.

“We are really excited to welcome the Sawnee Arts Festival back to Central Park,” said Jerry Kinsey, parks and recreation director.

“Last year’s event was a great success, and we are looking forward to another wonderful festival this year.”

New to this year’s event, the recipients of the Wendy Murphy Memorial Scholarship awards will be announced. Murphy is the late wife of District 27 state Sen. Jack Murphy.

Two local high school students will be selected based on their interest in majoring in art at college. Recipients will receive $3,000 to offset expenses not covered by other scholarships or grants.