About 16,000 people on Sunday crowded Gregory Park for the 34th annual Arts in the Park festival featuring food, crafts and music.
Though the temperature eclipsed 80 degrees and the sun was bright, a mild wind and plenty of shade kept most participants cool.
"Things were really, very good," said Nancy Cross, festival chairwoman. "The weather cooperated and we have a great crowd and absolutely phenomenal artists."
The Best of Show award went to Duluth resident Dan Naf, who created a 2.5 inch, 2-3 pound glass galaxy marble. The piece took him more than three hours to make.
Six-year-old Maria Lang of Edina carefully painted a design Sunday on the traveling ox, part of The Oxtrot, during Arts in the Park in Gregory Park. Anyone that wanted had the chance to put their personal touch on the ox and when finished it will be displayed at the Brainerd Welcome Center.
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"It was wonderful surprise," Naf said of being named Best of Show. "I was excited to be juried in this art fair because it was juried on one piece of art work instead of full booth, so I specifically made a piece of art I'd never made before."
Naf said he's been making glass beads and glass marbles for about five years and has been part of the festival circuit for about 21/2 years. Examples of his work can be viewed at www.nafglass.com.
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There were 13 food booths offering kettle corn, snow cones, gyros, smoothies, cheese kurds, cotton candy and burgers and fries.
There were 140 artists spaces offering arts, crafts, carvings, paintings, juggling, music and even a chance for people to help paint an OxTrot statue.
Members of The Society for Creative Anachronism demonstrated their fighting skills at Arts in the Park Sunday in Gregory Park. The society is an organization that studies medieval and renaissance times, recreating the culture.
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Cross said demand is high for Arts in the Park and about 50 artists had to be turned down from setting up a booth this year's event.
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