2008-07-09 / Front Page

Additional Vendors Join Carp Fest Art In The Park

Nanette Buehrer, director of the Archbold Area Chamber of Commerce, said registrations are up for the Archbold Carp Festival Art in the Park and Biz Expo programs.

This year's Carp Fest, the 29th annual, starts Thursday night, July 10, and runs through Saturday, July 12.

"We're still taking registrations for Art in the Park, and people still want to get in," Buehrer said.

"We probably have well over 60 vendors now, and we have more artisans than crafts.

"We now have 14 to 16 booths reserved in the Biz Expo, and food vendors keep coming in.

"It's mostly all local," she said.

In last week's edition of this newspaper, Marsha Dowdy, assistant chamber administrator, said there were 12 booths reserved for the Biz Expo.

Art in the Park had about 50 vendors, and there were nine food vendors committed at that time, she said.

Couple Of Hours

Buehrer advised those planning to visit Art in the Park and the Biz Expo to plan on devoting a couple of hours.

"You should not walk through this in a short period of time," she said.

Further, she said the Art Zone, where youngsters can make their own art projects, and the giant inflatable games will keep children happy.

And, "there will be plenty of food and drinks," she said.

Those who want to be a part of the community, but don't feel like tackling the rows of vendor booths, can enjoy the music of the Black Swamp Swing Band, she said.

The band will perform Friday night and again on Saturday.

Buehrer said she hopes Archbold residents stay home this weekend and come out for Carp Festival programs such as the Lions Club Fish Fry and Auction, Friday night in Ruihley Park.

Archbold Parks & Recreation will hold a Splash Dance for youngsters at the Archbold Swimming Pool Friday night, and a children's fishing derby is Saturday morning.

No Run

This year, for the first time, the Run for the Lights, a 5-kilometer foot race combined with a walking event, is not part of the Carp festivities.

Buehrer said the Run for the Lights was in conflict with a run at Delta's Chicken Festival.

The two events attract a lot of the same runners, she said.

"We decided to be a good community neighbor and hold ours Saturday, July 19," she said.

Money raised by the Run for the Lights goes toward the Christmas Festival of Lights.

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