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Eat to raise money for the arts at festival



Only seven more months until Festival of the Arts! So how's about getting a one-stop fix for arts and eats at the 5th Annual Appetite for the Arts Festival, scheduled from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday in El Reno?

A mere 20 miles west of the metro on Interstate 40, the town's historic district will be transformed into an entertainment mecca. Working in a variety of media, artists will sell their wares and even provide live demonstrations inside various businesses downtown, while Dana Helms will show off her upside-down drawing skills onstage. Children can exercise their creative sides in the sidewalk chalk art contest, or in making paintings, collages and wood art.

But it wouldn't be a festival without the added bonus of food and fun. For the former, attendees can fill up on fried onion burgers, pizza and Sand Hill Vineyards Winery vino.

For the latter, live performances by the Desert Fire belly dancers will grace the stage, as will country popster Christina Bender, tween group The Merge and, in two shows apiece, country singer Gene Stroman and red dirt band Lower Middle Class.

Visitors are asked to visit the festival's information booth on Woodson Street to receive a map and a drawing ticket, which gives a lucky few the chance of winning a gift certificate toward art purchases, ranging between $50 and $100.

Admission is free. For more information, call 262-8888.

"?Rod Lott


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