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On The Road: Festival in the Park

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By Liz Horton - bio l email

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - The tents are up, the artists are in, and the weather is right. Volunteers have been busy preparing for one of Charlotte's favorite festivals.

"Festival in the Park is the best thing going on in Charlotte for artists in my opinion. They claim to get 100,000 people through this park," said David French.  He has been a vendor for years.

You'll find him painting in NoDa most of the time, but this weekend he'll be one of the one hundred and fifty displaying here.

"I keep coming back for the people.There are so many people that plow through here."

The festival is in it's forty sixth year. It's made possible by volunteers like David Dalton, who began volunteering as a teen. 

"There's something nice about the oldness and the antiquity, but every year we do try to create some new things so that every year it's not just the same old same old," said the president. 

This year there are new stages, artists, music, and food. Dalton says this makes a difference.  "We believe the more you interact with art the more you're going to learn appreciation and awareness of the arts."

Children's entertainer, Mark Herbert, agrees.  "It's just a really good way to get a taste of what the people are doing. It's kinda by the people for the people."

It's four days of culture, that won't cost your family a dime.

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