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Communities thrive when they support the arts

September 21, 2012
The Inter-Mountain

Studies show that a community that supports the arts typically is more vibrant than one that doesn't. With that thought in mind, Buckhannon will host its third annual Main Street Arts Festival this weekend, giving residents a chance to not only showcase their talents but also show their support for the arts.

Main Street will be blocked off as it comes alive with dancers, musicians and street performers between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Dozens of artisans and crafters will demonstrate their talents and display their wares. Even the culinary artists will be showcased with the inaugural chili cook-off at the Farmers Market in Jawbone Park.

"We have a lot of people in our community with talents that do not get recognized," Upshur County Convention and Visitors Bureau director Laura Meadows told The Inter-Mountain. "We have a strong, artistic community, and this is the perfect time to make the community aware of it."

The Arts Festival has grown from being a fundraiser for the Buckhannon Community Theater to a full-blown shindig on the streets. The Main Street Gallery will offer programs for budding artists, and it will look for new talent to display.

An economic boost also will come along with supporting the arts. With the holidays quickly approaching, that one-of-a-kind gift produced by a local artisan could be just the item for which shoppers are searching. The money spent at the festival quickly comes back into the local economy.

Fall officially begins Saturday, meaning that nice days are coming to an end. The festival will be another chance to take advantage of the warmer weather, stroll through town, see some friends and show your support for the community.



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