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Plans underway for 14th annual Gering Arts Festival: Event to coincide with Fathers Day car show June 20
March 19, 2015 Jerry Purvis   

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The Gering Arts Festival is celebrating its 14th season this summer members of the Gering Merchants are already getting busy for the event.

At their regular Monday meeting, Scotts Bluff County Commissioners approved a permit to allow the festival to be set up on the courthouse lawn in downtown Gering.

Usually scheduled the second weekend of June, the Arts Festival has been moved to Saturday, June 20 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
“It’s the same day as the Fathers Day Classic Car Show,” said event chair Donna Cozad. “There will be lots of people in town for that event, so the Arts Festival will provide another event for people to see.”

Cozad added by moving the event, it also gives a break after the Sugar Valley Rally, which is always the first weekend of June. “It gives us more time to prepare and take care of last-minute details before the show.”

RaNae Garton of the Gering Merchants said the festival has had good success the past few years.
“We’ve had so many compliments from the artists,” she told the county board. “They love the venue under the trees and love coming to Gering. It’s just a beautiful setting.”

Invitations are currently being sent to artists that have participated in the past. Members of the North Platte Valley Artists Guild are always there, showing a wide variety of works from oils and acrylics to photography. The West Nebraska Arts Center will also be there.

Past festivals have featured a chain saw wood carver, metal art, original paintings, custom leather art, handmade jewelry, garden art and other unique creations.

Live entertainment is also on the schedule and that will be announced soon.

“It should be another fun event, but it always depends on cooperation from the weather,” Cozad said. “
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