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Find some art in the park Sunday

Vendors will be set up in the DL City Park on Sunday for Arts and Crafts in the Park. There will also be food vendors and new artists. DL NEWSPAPERS/Pippi Mayfield

Though much of this month’s excitement in Detroit Lakes has been generated by the recently-concluded Northwest Water Carnival, there is another longstanding July tradition in the community that is set to take place this weekend: Arts & Crafts in the Park.

Now in its 36th year, the celebration will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 27 at the Detroit Lakes City Park.

“We have over 100 vendors again this year,” said event chair Marcus Lacher. “About two-thirds are returning vendors, and about one-third new.

“It’s always nice to have a few different faces for returning visitors to come and see, and some familiar favorites as well.”

One of those “different faces” will be Fergus Falls wood sculptor Richard Vanderveer, who was the recipient of an Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund grant that enabled him to develop his craft.

“He will be there the whole day on Sunday,” Lacher said. “He won’t be selling anything, but he’ll be sitting in his booth and carving, answering questions about his art.

“Everyone else will have things for sale, whether it be jewelry or woodcrafts, paintings or yard art.”

Of course, there will also be a variety of food vendors selling typical “festival fare,” such as cheese curds, gyros, Indian tacos and corn dogs, Lacher added.

“We’ll have flute music too,” he said.

For more information, or to reserve a last-minute booth at the fair, please contact the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce at 218-847-9202, or Marcus Lacher at 218-847-7322.

“We usually do get a lot of last-minute vendor applications,” Lacher said.

In other words, there are sure to be a few surprises amongst the vendor lineup as well.

And best of all, admission is free, so visitors can take advantage of what is expected to be another sunny summer Sunday to enjoy a relaxing day at the park.

Follow Detroit Lakes Newspapers reporter Vicki Gerdes on Twitter at @VickiLGerdes.

Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 16 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Lake Park-Audubon School Board. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.

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