More vendors make for bigger Clifton Gorge Music & Arts Festival

More than 80 vendors will offer everything from art to instruments along with live entertainment and food, Friday and Saturday at the Clifton Gorge Music & Arts Festival. CONTRIBUTED

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More than 80 vendors will offer everything from art to instruments along with live entertainment and food, Friday and Saturday at the Clifton Gorge Music & Arts Festival. CONTRIBUTED

CLIFTON – Outdoor shopping options this weekend will be more plentiful than ever. Throw in live entertainment, food and other activities and you have a weekend destination.

The Clifton Gorge Music & Arts Festival will return for its seventh outing, 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24, and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, in the Village of Clifton.

Admission is free.

Past festivals have seen an average of 50 vendors with jewelry artists, weavers, spinners and woodworkers. This year that number has climbed to more than 80, pleasing festival chair Sue Chasnov.

“I’m not sure why, but we’re glad to have them,” she said.

A stained glass artist will join in, as will people who make guitars and flutes, which will be for sale. It’s these types of offerings that Chasnov said help this festival stand out.

The festival will open with the return of the cruise-in, which was successful last year. A chainsaw carver will demonstrate his craft twice over the two days.

Entertainment highlights include area favorites such as blues rocker Eric Jerardi, cover band The Hoppers, jazz-funk band Lord Kimbo and Soul Fire Tribe fire dancers.

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A chain-saw carving demonstration will be one of the highlights of the Clifton Gorge Music & Arts Festival. CONTRIBUTED

A chain-saw carving demonstration will be one of the highlights of the Clifton Gorge Music & Arts Festival. CONTRIBUTED

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A chain-saw carving demonstration will be one of the highlights of the Clifton Gorge Music & Arts Festival. CONTRIBUTED

Between entertainment sets, there will be various dance demonstrations including Celtic, Middle Eastern and square dancing.

“We like to not have downtime between sets,” Chasnov said.

Several food vendors will have barbecue, sausage, burgers, hot dogs, creole and ice cream among the offerings, along with popular fruit smash-ups and kettle corn snacks.

There will also be a kids’ activity area and a beer tent for adults.

Another fresh offering will be information booths with content about the 50th anniversary of the Scenic River Act and the effort to bring a bicycle connector between Clifton and Yellow Springs.

“These things are a big deal for our area and I hope they will make visitors aware,” said Chasnov.


WANT TO GO?

What: Clifton Gorge Music & Arts Festival

Where: 100 North St., off Ohio 343, Clifton

When: Friday, Aug. 24, 4-11 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 25, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Admission: Free

More info: 937-342-2175 or go to www.villageofclifton.com/festival-information/

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