To mark its 30th anniversary, the popular festival is changing dates and attracting more artists
The Lake Mary-Heathrow Festival of the Arts is making a big change for its 30th anniversary. Traditionally, the juried fine arts and craft show has been held in the fall. However, organizers are moving the event to early spring. The rebooted festival will return March 4 - 5, 2017, at picturesque Oval Park, off International Parkway which has been home to the event for several years.
Locally and throughout Florida, November has become a busy month for art festivals, church festivals, and other fall celebrations. By moving the Lake Mary-Heathrow Festival of the Arts to March, organizers hope to attract even more high-quality artists who won’t have to choose between one festival or another.
Festival chairman DeLores Lash hopes the new dates will help retain popular artists from previous years and bring in snowbird artists who’ve never exhibited at the festival before.
“The Lake Mary-Heathrow Festival of the Arts is something that’s lasting, and the community enjoys it,” DeLores says.
A total of $11,000 in prize money will be awarded to artists at the event. There will also be a non-competitive craft section. In addition to the artists and crafters, the festival will host music and other family-friendly entertainment, a student art exhibit, and food trucks.
Hours will be from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 4, and from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, March 5. Admission is free. Parking will be available for a $5 donation in lots along International Parkway, across the street from the event.
The nonprofit festival, which debuted in 1987, raises scholarship money for Seminole County graduating seniors who plan to study the arts in college. Proceeds also help fund Seminole County Public Schools fine arts programs. Beginning with its 30th anniversary event, the festival will partner with The Foundation for Seminole County Public Schools to continue supporting arts education.
For more details, call 407-323-1142 or 407-444-5685 or visit LakeMaryHeathrowArts.com.
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