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Art festival returning to Salem’s Waterworth Memorial Park

David Byers and John Volio, shown here in a previous performance, return this year to entertain those coming to Saturday’s Art in the Park Festival. (Photo provided by Shane Franks)

SALEM — The Art in the Park Festival is set to make its triumphant return, featuring live music, 25 local artists and food trucks.

“We are excited to be able to offer this event again after a two-year absence due to covid issues. It’s going to be hot, but we are hoping for a good crowd. We have some great local artists coming in to set up and display their talents along with some good food and a lot of fun, family-friendly activities,” said Parks Director Shane Franks in a press release.

The festival, which will be held at the Waterwoth Memorial Park Band Shell from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday will also feature a 3-D chalk artist, a caricature artist, an animal balloon artist and a strolling magician as special guests. Also featured will be performances from the Salem Public Library, Salem Parks & Recreation, Salem City Schools, the Burchfield Homestead Museum and Girl Scout Troop 80774.

Among the 25 local artists, the disciplines of wood carving, glass painting, pencil drawing, flower displays, acrylic printing, photography, jewelry making, quilting, pour painting, watercolors and writing will be represented. Most artists will have items available for sale, and there will be make-and-take tables.

The festival will also include musical performances from Ron Gray, Mike Webb, Nine O Seven, and the return of David Byers and John Volio.

Food trucks at the event will serve salads, hot sandwiches, chicken tenders, fries and other sides, and there will be a truck from the Honeybee Waffle Company, which will serve desserts, including honeycomb shaped waffles and ice cream.

There will also be a display of individual art from all Buckeye School students.

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