Marion’s art fair crowd tops 40,000

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN CYNTHIA MARTENS
The crowds just kept coming and coming to the Art in the Park fair in Marion.

That’s the good news from Judy Christensen, chair of the event held Saturday.

“Last year, we estimated 40,000, and it was bigger this year,” Christensen said. “I mean the crowd flow never stopped until 4:30 p.m., and it barely began to dwindle down then.”

The crowd peaked at 4 p.m.when fair goers gathered for a drawing to give away 10 $20 gift certificates.

The certificates were to be redeemed at any of the booths during the last hour of the fair.

The following were gift-certificate winners: Regina Graham of Emporia, Anette Hartley of Haysville, Larry Boll of Wichita, Tammie Mink of Dodge City, Mary Messanae of Goodland, Briget Walker of Tahlequah, Okla., Nancy McGinnis of Marquette, Mike Zenner of Benton, Daniel Evans of Lehigh and an unidentified woman from Mulvane.

“We had two wonderful performers this year,” Christensen said.

Musical instrumentalist Tim Janis and his ensemble performed from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“Tim Janis came himself this year, which was very nice,” Christensen said. “He gave autographs on his tapes and CDs all day.”

The other performer was Wind Rodriguez, a native American Indian who makes musical instruments, such as flutes and wind pipes.

“Whenever I walked by his area, there were always crowds,” Christensen said. “He was fascinating.”

Christensen said she was appreciative of all the help from fair volunteers.

“We owe this community a great deal of gratitude for all the volunteer help we get,” she said.

“We felt it was very successful this year.”

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