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Yorkfest draws over 100 artists to annual festival

Tina Locurto
York Dispatch

More than 100 artists from around the country will gather in York County this weekend for the Yorkfest Fine Arts Festival, an end-of-summer celebration that has existed since the '70s. 

This year's festival marketplace is happening Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 24 and 25, in downtown York near the Colonial Complex, 157 W. Market St., and along the York County Heritage Rail Trail.

Tuleya McGovern, 5, of York City, creates bubbles along Market Street during the final day of the Yorkfest Fine Arts Festival along the York County Heritage Rail Trail, Sunday, August 26, 2018. John A. Pavoncello photo

"It's a great place to come down and buy art," said Mary Yeaple, Yorkfest coordinator. "There's a little something for everybody."

Booths featuring photography, woodwork, jewelry, fine art and more will be open 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m Sunday at the Yorkfest Festival Marketplace. 

The Yorkfest Juried Art Exhibition also will take place during the festival at Creative York, 10 N. Beaver St. A reception will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 23.

In addition to the artist marketplace, there will be many other events and activities throughout the weekend to keep attendees engaged.

Thousands attend the final day of the Yorkfest Fine Arts Festival along the York County Heritage Rail Trail, Sunday, August 26, 2018. John A. Pavoncello photo

The Creative York Family Courtyard will feature interactive community art projects presented by Creative York. It will be located in the Gates & Plough Tavern Courtyard, 157 W. Market St.

And, along Market Street between Pershing Avenue and Beaver Street, artists will create vibrant sidewalk chalk murals during the festival for ChalkWalk.

A Codorus Creek boat parade will commence at 2 p.m. Saturday at Bantz Park, 798 Salem Ave. 

Yorkfest is partnering with two other events that are also happening this weekend, the York Fringe Festival and the Pennsylvania Cigar Box Guitar Festival.

The Fringe Festival will take place Wednesday through Sunday, Aug. 21-25, and feature a wide variety of live theater arts including puppetry, cabaret, the circus and comedy.

The Pennsylvania Cigar Box Guitar Festival is happening Saturday, Aug. 24, at the York Emporium, 343 W. Market St., and will feature 14 bands from across the country playing music from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

During the Pennsylvania Cigar Box Guitar Festival, a world record for the world's largest cigar box guitar ensemble will be attempted.

Visitors of the final day of the Yorkfest Fine Arts Festival watch Mary Ann Vessey of Staunton VA. paint along the York County Heritage Rail Trail, Sunday, August 26, 2018. John A. Pavoncello photo

For more information about Yorkfest, visit www.yorkcity.org

"It's a great end-of-summer celebration," Yeaple said. "These artists travel the country selling art at festivals, and we love that they come to York." 

— Reach Tina Locurto at tlocurto@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @tina_locurto.