Summer Arts Festival guarantees family fun on Father's Day weekend Events include Crazy Days in downtown Vermillion by M. Jill Karolevitz Vermillion�s annual Summer Arts Festival will feature family fun on Father�s Day weekend, June 17-18.
Festival activities will be held at the Old Main Quadrangular on the campus of The University of South Dakota.
A wide variety of events, featuring live music, arts and crafts, children�s activities, horse-and-buggy rides and food, run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
At the center of the festival is its live music, and other performing arts, which open at 10:45 a.m. Saturday and 11:30 a.m. on Sunday.
Featured acts include:
? Plaid and Tan Pipes and Drums;
? River City Ragtime Band;
? Folk music by Ann Zimmerman, Bob Bovee and Gail Heil and Dennis Warner;
? Freshwater Pearls Puppet Show;
? Bluegrass music by Art Stevenson and High Water;
? All That Jazz with the Rolf Olson Quintet;
? Folk and Celtic music by Greenwood Tree;
? The blues by T. Wilson King, playing acoustic and bottleneck guitar;
? Discovery Mime Theatre.
�This is a family festival in all aspects,� said Randy Harper. �The exceptional part of it is its high quality, original artwork, and professional regional musicians, performing music that appeals to all ages.�
Children will also find plenty to do at the festival, getting involved with a variety of activities as their parents wander through the arts and crafts booths.
A supervised children�s activity tent will give kids the chance to create their own artwork, as well as have their photo taken and make a frame for it to give to their dads for Father�s Day.
Artists from a five-state region will display and sell their handmade works during the festival. These displays will include sculpture, oil and watercolor paintings, pottery, wood carving and more. Whether people are buying or just browsing, the artists� work will be exhibited for festival goers both Saturday and Sunday.
Another special feature will be demonstrations by various artists, including blacksmithing, basket weaving and candle and glassworks, along with hands-on demonstrations of tie dyeing and Raku pottery.
No one will go away from the festival hungry as a variety of tantalizing treats will be offered by food vendors. Ice cream, barbecues, funnel cakes, corn dogs, cotton candy, teriyaki sticks and kettle corn are just a few of the food offerings vendors will have on hand.
A special feature of the festival this year will be horse-and-buggy rides starting at the Shrine to Music Museum through the historic Vermillion district.
�Holding the arts festival on Father�s Day weekend will give families a chance for quality time together,� Harper said. �This is a great place to come.�
In the evening, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) � 37 plays in 97 minutes � will be presented in Farber Hall at 8 p.m.
Vermillion area merchants will also be involved in Crazy Days on Saturday, following a Wizard of Oz theme this year. Special activities include:
? Sidewalk Crazy Days sales throughout Vermillion, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.;
? Vintage tractor/car display, downtown, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.;
? Wizard of Oz kiddie parade, beginning in the First National Bank parking lot, 11 a.m.;
? Street dance, featuring the Clay Creek Deaf Cowboy Band in the CorTrust Bank parking lot, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Other activities include a space-walk jumping tent sponsored by Hy-Vee, a farmer�s market, mini golf sponsored by UCC, a Rotary rummage sale, face painting, hot dog and popcorn stands by various church youth groups, Flags Unlimited, paper marbling demonstrations by Pressing Matters, wood crafts by John Weber, Rainbow of Crafts by Chad and Linda Donovan, music by Matt Williams, various food vendors and an Optimists beer garden during the street dance.
Harper noted that both the Vermillion Arts Festival and Crazy Days depend on a multitude of volunteers for their success.
�The festival grows every year and we appreciate what people of this community do to make both events happen,� he said. �Without the support of community people, merchants and The University of South Dakota, none of this would happen.�