West Point welcomes all-comers

WEST POINT – Downtown will transform into a street fair during the 31st Prairie Arts Festival in West Point.
“We’re working to get everything in place so everyone has a good time,” said Carolyn Ward with the Growth Alliance.
The day will start with a 5K run at 8 a.m., and it’ll be followed by a variety of music and other entertainment.
“We’ll have different stages set up,” Ward said. “We’ll have a gospel stage this year, which is something we didn’t have last year. It’s back.”
Lisa Klutts, festival coordinator, said music will be provided by Sonny Burgess and the Legendary Pacers, as well as Kay Bain, Fast Scarlet and Swing Shift.
Guitarist Caleb Childs also will perform, which will be his second show in West Point in two days. The Howlin’ Wolf Memorial Blues Festival will be Friday, and it’ll feature Childs, Bill Abel Band, Big Joe Shelton, Colin Linden, Eric Hughes Band and Blind Mississippi Morris.
“It’s kind of a kick-off for the festival,” Klutts said.
On Saturday, approximately 400 vendors will set up shop offering all manner of arts, crafts and other items. In addition, downtown merchants will be open throughout the day.
Antique vendors will be in the air-conditioned McClure Furniture building, and there will be a fine arts show with $4,000 in prizes.
Train rides and inflatables will be open for the kids.
“It’s a great opportunity to come to downtown West Point,” Klutts said, “and see what we have to offer.”

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