It’s time for TroyFest

Published 6:59 pm Thursday, April 21, 2016

It’s all over now but the festivities.

Rob Drinkard, chair of TroyFest 2016, said all of the planning and preparations are done and it’s time to celebrate the arts in fine fashion at TroyFest, the premier fine art and craft show for the central Alabama region.

TroyFest is held annually in memory and honor of Troy folk artist Jean Lake. The weekend long show brings many of the area’s top artists and crafters to Troy’s historic downtown square.

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Festival hours are from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.

As of Thursday, 99 artists and crafters had registered for TroyFest.

Drinkard said arts and crafts are the central focus of TroyFest “but there’s more.”

A festival without food is not a festival. So, the TroyFest committee has registered 17 food vendors with every festival food imaginable – roasted corn and nuts, kettle corn, blooming onions, funnel cakes, turkey legs, Italian ice, barbecue, burgers and fries and too much more to name.

“TroyFest 2016 has expanded its Farmers Market that will be located at the corner of Byrd Drugs,” Drinkard said. “We’ll have nine vendors with a variety of homegrown and homemade products from plants to pound cake and Pike County honey.”

The Kids Craft Corner, next to Confetti Crate, will be a popular stopover place for kids while their parents shop.

“We’ll have a variety of craft activities for kids including stained glass windows and a baby owl project,” Drinkard said.

The First Baptist Church Puppet Ministry will present shows at 9:30, 10:30 and 11:50 a.m. and at 1 and 2 p.m. on Saturday. Admission to the Kids Corner is free.

Entertainment will be by different local groups on the Troy Cable Entertainment Stage in the parking lot across from Byrd Drug Company.

The winners of the TroyFest T-shirt contest will be recognized at noon at the Gazebo.

Mary Margaret Sneed, a third-grade student at Pike Liberal Arts School, was the winner of the contest and her design is featured on the 2016 TroyFest T-shirts.

Drinkard said the 2016 TroyFest T-shirts are $12. The festival T-shirts that sport the TroyFest logo and the skyline of downtown Troy are $15.

Special events of TroyFest are the student art shows at the Johnson Center for the Arts on East Walnut Street. The TroyFest Art Show, in the upper gallery, features artwork by students in grades K-12 in the local city, county and private schools.

The Charles Henderson High School Senior Art Show is also on exhibit in the upper gallery.

The Troy University Student Art Show is featured in the JCA’s lower gallery.

TroyFest 2016 has something for everyone and fun for all. Admission is free so there’s no reason not to enjoy this annual rite of spring