215 vendors from across the Midwest will spread out their artistic wares this Saturday.
"Not only is it for the fine artist but it's also for the fine crafters," said David Merhib, the Director of the Visual Arts Center at the Washington Pavilion. "So, people who call themselves artists but haven't really hit that level yet. We want them to be happy not only with their sales but also the attendance at the Sidewalk Arts Festival."
The vendors' booth fees will benefit the VAC. This year marks the seventh year the Sidewalk Arts Festival will take place on the downtown streets surrounding the Pavilion and each year attendance rises.
"We estimate between 40 and 50,000 visitors downtown," said Merhib. "This year, however, we're actually doing a count. We're going to put volunteers on the corner at the main entrances and actually count people coming in to get a more accurate account of how many visitors come downtown."
Those entrances will be located at 13th and Main, 10th and Main, and 12th and Dakota. All kinds of great food will be served in the Home Federal parking lot.
"We'll have everything for brats to Indian Tacos to hamburgers," said Merhib. "Fair food. Anything can fry you can get it here."