Art in the Park coincides with Elite Redfish Classic

Art in the Park coincides with Elite Redfish Classic

Despite historic flooding by the Sabine River, the City of Orange Convention & Visitor’s Bureau happily announced that the 14th annual Art in the Park will go on as planned Saturday, April 9, at Stark Park (711 Green Ave.) from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Free and open to the public, Art in the Park includes over 100 artists and crafters who will display a variety of works such as paintings, woodwork, painted glass, metal sculptures, pottery, monogrammed items, books, jewelry, crocheted items, hand-made soaps, face painting and much more so visitors can enjoy viewing and buying arts, crafts and, of course, taste some good Southeast Texas food.

Food vendors will be on hand serving barbeque, seafood, hamburgers, hot dogs, kabobs, nachos, cotton candy, baked goods and drinks. There will literally be something for everyone, including informational booths about community organizations.

The younger ones have not been forgotten. There will be games for children, pony rides, a petting zoo, bounce houses, as well as other fun things for them to do while attending Art in the Park.

Want some music?

Scheduled to perform will be the Night & Day Orchestra at 10 a.m. and Country Outkasts at 1 p.m. Night & Day Orchestra will perform jazz in a traditional big band setting. From Vidor, the Country Outkasts — consisting of Scott Desormeaux, Keith Buesing, Michael “Doc” Smith and Michael Breaux — will entertain the crowd with the best of country and a little rock ‘n’ roll.

Pets and coolers are prohibited at the event.

“The purpose of the Art in the Park event is to promote the arts with artists and crafters on display throughout the day,” said Brandy Judice, CVB Coordinator for the City of Orange. “Also, the event is intended to promote tourism and hotel stays by highlighting downtown attractions.”

For information about Art in the Park, call (409) 883-1011.

Art in the Park is scheduled in support of the Redfish Classic Fishing Tournament. The 2016 Elite Redfish Classic is a three-day event that begins Friday, April 8, and runs through Sunday, April 10, at the Orange Boat Ramp, located near North Simmons Drive, just minutes from Art in the Park. Anglers competing in the event qualified during a tournament last year.

This event is also free and open to the public, and will also have vendor booths plus a kids fish tank, carnival rides and live music from country singer Craig Campbell, who will perform on Friday, April 9, at 8 p.m.

These popular events hope to increase hotel and restaurant business for the hospitality industry in Orange during this fun weekend with every member of the family in mind.

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