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Arts, crafts, food and fun, oh my!

One of Alexandria's biggest events of the summer is right around the corner. Art in the Park, a fundraising event for Andria Theatre, is this weekend. The two-day event will take place at Alexandria's City Park Saturday, July 28, from 9 a.m. to 5...

One of Alexandria's biggest events of the summer is right around the corner. Art in the Park, a fundraising event for Andria Theatre, is this weekend. The two-day event will take place at Alexandria's City Park Saturday, July 28, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, July 29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The event draws art and craft vendors, as well as food vendors and musicians, from throughout the upper Midwest. And the event draws anywhere from 20,000 to 30,000 visitors each year, according to organizers.

Admission into Art in the Park is free, however there is a fee for parking. Onsite parking is $5 cash per car (exact change preferred). Shuttle service from the Douglas County Fairgrounds is also offered for $1 each way. An ATM will be available on site.

Because this is an outdoor event, organizers urge visitors to be prepared for any type of weather. If the weather is hot, which it often is, organizers urge people to stay hydrated. Food vendors will have water for purchase or guests can bring their own.

Arts and crafts vendors include everything from ceramics, jewelry and photography to mixed media, paintings, apparel and more. There will be a variety of food items to choose from, including wraps, cheese curds, mac and cheese on a stick, gyros, hamburgers, brats, pizza, oof-da tacos, corn dogs, mini donuts and more.

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For more information, contact Andria Theatre at 320-762-8300 or visit the website for a map of all the vendors at www.andriatheatre.com .

Music to your ears

Here's a look at the lineup of entertainment:

Saturday

• 9 a.m. - DooWops (bandshell) and Allison Prestby (haybale area)

• 10 a.m. - DooWops (bandshell) and Greg Herriges (haybale area)

• 11 a.m. - Sax Appeal (bandshell) and Joe Pruessner (haybale area)

• Noon - Student Theatre Project (bandshell) and The Johari Tribe (haybale area)

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• 1 p.m. - Joe Pruessner (bandshell) and Matt Hannah (haybale area)

• 2 p.m. - Alexandria Sings (bandshell) and Alex the Traveler (haybale area)

• 3 p.m. - Sax Appeal (bandshell) and Allison Prestby (haybale area)

• 4 p.m. - Matt Hannah (bandshell) and Greg Herriges (haybale area)

Sunday

• 10 a.m. - Sax Appeal (bandshell) and Matt Hannah (haybale area)

• 11 a.m. - Joe Pruessner (bandshell) and The Johari Tribe (haybale area)

• Noon - Sax Appeal (bandshell) and Little Bobby (haybale area)

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• 1 p.m. - Allison Prestby (bandshell) and Joe Pruessner (haybale area)

• 2 p.m. - Alex the Traveler (bandshell) and The Johari Tribe (haybale area)

• 3 p.m. - Little Bobby (bandshell) and Allison Prestby (haybale area)

Related Topics: ART IN THE PARK
Celeste Edenloff is the special projects editor and a reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press. She has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She first worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from 1999 to 2011, and returned in 2016 to once again report on the community she calls home.
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