‘Something for everyone to be found’

Published 10:49 pm Thursday, April 23, 2009

A film festival and live jazz music, coupled with some 60 artists, aren’t what residents would typically see in downtown Troy.

But at this weekend’s TroyFest, that’s just what residents will find in the square downtown.

Starting Saturday at 9 a.m., the festival will open to the public and will go through Sunday afternoon.

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TroyFest Chairman Stephanie Baker said those who attend the seventh TroyFest the city has held can expect to even more than years before.

Between the first film festival, which will be held in The Studio, to the AfterHours jazz concert, residents can find entertainment all through the night.

“People should expect to come early and to stay late,” Baker said. “There’s no reason people can’t spend an entire day.”

While there will be around 60 artists with their work for sale, Baker said the event is not just about shopping.

“It’s not just about shopping. There will be chances to get interactive with the artists and scheduled performances throughout the evening,” Baker said.

“I definitely think TroyFest is going to be a place where people of all ages can have fun.”

Also new to this year’s event is the Scrap Exchange program, where Baker said visitors will have a chance to make their own art from recycled materials.

The majority of the festival will be held on Saturday, but residents can come back Sunday for more from noon to 5 p.m.

Several will perform Sunday, as well, like the Brundidge Twirlers and the Goshen Eagletts.

The event is sponsored by the Pike County Chamber of Commerce, the city of Troy and the Troy Arts Council.

“It’s a fun-filled, family weekend, and there’s something for everyone to be found at TroyFest,” said Pike County Chamber of Commerce President Jenniffer Barner.