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Best Bet: Marion Arts Festival

Saturday, May 19

File photo: Cliff Jette/The Gazette
File photo: Cliff Jette/The Gazette

Consistently named among the top tier of juried art events nationwide, this event presents 50 artists, offering fine art and fine craft to an audience of 12,000 — rain or shine. The day begins with a 5K run/walk at 8 p.m. The focus then turns to the art booths; the Empty Bowl Project, where area students have created 1,000 bowls to raise funds for area food banks; Art in the Depot activities; the Emerging Artists Program showcasing the work of young artists, mentored and selling alongside the juried artists; and specialty foods to enhance the “fine art and flip-flops” vibe.

Marion Arts Festival

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday (5/19), City Square Park, 1001 Seventh Ave., Marion; free admission; Marionartsfestival.com

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