The Norman Transcript

April 28, 2013

Art coming to forefront

By Shana Adkisson
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — In its 40th year, the organizers of the May Fair Art Festival are excited about this year’s event that will kick off Saturday and continue next Sunday in Andrews Park.

The two-day festival, organized by the Assistance League of Norman, will be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. next Sunday.

May Fair will get off to a quick start at 8 a.m. Saturday with the Art and Sole 5K run. This will mark the second annual run starting at the park and ending at the park.

Following the 5K run, a 2K fun run/walk will start and finish at the park.

Individuals can register online at norman.assistanceleague.org. Registration also can be done from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday at 809 Wall St. Runners already registered may pick up their packets at this time, too. Final registration will be 7 a.m. Saturday in the green-and-white-striped tent on Daws Street.

“When the charter members of Assistance League of Norman decided to hold the first May Fair, it was called the Country Arts Fair. The purpose was to celebrate the artists of Norman,” said Judy Travis, public relations chair for the 2013 May Fair. “That tradition has carried forward to this 40th annual May Fair.”

There are a few changes this year. The Student Art Show will remain in the same area in the park, while the Children’s Art Yard will be in the center of the park. Adventures in Art will be on the patio of the main pavilion and will have programming Saturday and next Sunday. All children’s activities will be identified with new banners at their locations and are free of charge.

“In the past, we have charged a small fee to children to participate in the Art Yard, this year it will be free,” Travis said. “Family is another tradition that has carried forward. We have members who participated in the Student Art Show and now their children are showing their artwork in the Student Art Show. This has become a shared experience for families and created found memories.”

Tim Kenney will be the May Fair Celebrated Artist for 2013. Kenney is a landscape artist and Normanite.

The amphitheater will host a variety of entertainers over the two days. Included in the schedule will be the presentation of student winners showing in the Student Art Show at 4:15 p.m. May 5.

Other things to enjoy will be pony rides, the bungee trampoline, fire trucks, police cars and plenty of festival food.

“We’ll have gourmet festival food. Some of the old favorites will be back, like the corn dogs and Indian tacos. The Fat and Sassy Momma will be back,” Travis said.

The money raised from the May Fair Arts Festival helps support the philanthropic programs sponsored by the Assistance League of Norman.

During 2012, chapter members provided more than 21,000 hours of volunteer service.

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