It will have a different name this year, but it will still be the festival to go to for art and entertainment Renaissance style.
Nathan Lubeck, 11, of Martinez, blew a trumpet to announce guests to the 2003 New Horizons Art Festival Medieval Fest. This year's festival, now the Columbia County Art & Renaissance Festival, will be held Oct. 15.
Photo by Donnie Fetter
"It's going to be a big deal,'' Stacie Adkins, the county's special events coordinator, said of the Columbia County Art & Renaissance Festival, which will take place Oct. 15 at the Savannah Rapids Pavilion.
"It's all over,'' said Adkins of where festival participants come from.
"There's people from Alabama, Savannah, Colum-bia.''
She said about 70 of the entries, though, will likely be from Columbia and Richmond counties. Categories being judged include photography, acrylic and watercolor paintings.
The judge will be from the University of South Carolina- Aiken. However, one category will be called the people's choice, allowing the public to submit votes on artwork.
The public will be able to do so early in the day Oct. 15. Art classes and other events will be offered as part of the festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Adkins said.
"There will be no school that day,'' she said. "We're going to have all kind of art classes, pottery, bead making and storytime.''
Adkins said votes from the public will be tallied and announced with the winners of the other categories from 7-9 p.m.
She said the name of the event was changed this year in part because the county's slogan is no longer New Horizons and to reflect the Renaissance theme of the event.
Adkins said those attending the festival during the award portion will be wearing costumes. During the day, other special attractions will be offered.
"This year, we're going to have a horse in the parking lot,'' Adkins said.
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