By Rebekah Lund
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Art in the Park growth


Rebekah Lund

Jillian McGee came to support her sister, Jen, and her soap-selling.

The 18th annual Art in the Park event took place in the Moose Lake City Park this past Saturday. "The event keeps growing every year," said Courtney Oetterer, one of the event's organizers.

"This year we had 74 artists and five food vendors," Oetterer added. "Every year seems to draw new artists and visitors."

This year's art included homemade soap, firestarter sticks, farmhouse-styled tables, agate jewelry, pottery, photography and knitted goods, among other things. B and B Market debuted their homemade french fries at their food booth, which seemed to be a popular item. Nathan Frazer and the bands A Little Shaky and Out on Highway 61 played music for the event during the day.

Even though the Agate and Gem Show was held at the arena this year, that didn't seem to detract any traffic from the park. A local bus service even offered a shuttle service between both locations, which some people took advantage of.

Some of the proceeds from the booth rentals are donated to the art departments at Barnum, Moose Lake and Willow River. Courtney Oetterer said the ultimate goal of the event is to "...bring the community together and showcase the talents of local artists. So much time and effort goes into preparing one of a kind, handmade pieces; that's what sets this show apart from others; the handmade requirement." It sets this show apart, and we hope it continues to grow for a long, long time.


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