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Art in the Park to be bigger, better this year

The Perham Center for the Arts is staging its second annual Art in the Park event coinciding with Turtle Fest, and vendors and volunteers are being sought to participate.

Already, organizers say, there are far more vendors lined up than they had last year, and with some live entertainment and a new raffle also planned, they’re looking forward to a fun and successful event.

“We’re going to have a good show,” said organizer Dick Stoderl. “This year we’ll have a lot more booths.”

Vendors that are already signed up include local and regional artists specializing in ceramics, photography, oil paintings, fused glass and more.

“We’ve been busy,” said organizer Fran Johnson. “We’ve been lining things up for the arts festival and the raffle.”

The raffle is new this year, and will feature a $10,000 grand prize giveaway. Just 250 tickets will be sold, at a cost of $100 each. There will also be a second prize of $1,000, and a third of $200.

Proceeds from the raffle will go to the Perham Center for the Arts, which is continuing its fundraising efforts to transform the old St. Stanislaus Church into a theater. The group behind the Center for the Arts, which has now officially obtained nonprofit status, hopes to start holding regular concerts, plays and other kinds of performances and arts events in the near future.

The raffle drawing will be held just before the Turtle Fest grand parade, on June 21 at 6:15 p.m.

“We’ve had good response in selling the tickets already,” said Stoderl.

There are still some left, but people are encouraged to buy theirs early. Tickets are available at the Perham Chamber office and some Perham area businesses, as well as at Nootzi’s in Dent, and at Nick’s and the Ottertail Home Center in Ottertail.

In addition to the raffle, the Art in the Park festival as a whole will be more integrated into Turtle Fest this year, with Perham Express shuttles swinging by about every half hour to transport people back and forth from Art in the Park to the downtown area.

Art in the Park will be held the Friday and Saturday of Turtle Fest, June 21 and 22, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Old St. Stanislaus Church.

The event will feature a live piano and vocal performance by local musician Patrick Murphy, and a preview of this summer’s upcoming Pied Piper Players children’s musical, “Annie.”

Those interested in being a vendor or volunteer at Art in the Park should call Fran Johnson at 346-4466.

Marie Johnson

Marie Johnson joined the Perham Focus more than five years ago, and has since worn many hats as writer, editor and page designer. She lives in rural Frazee with her husband, Dan, their one-year-old son, Simon, and their yellow lab, Louisa. 

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