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Arts Festival celebrates 15 years
June 10, 2016 Jerry Purvis   

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The public is invited to downtown Gering on Saturday, June 18 as artists from around the region will be showing their works at the 15th annual Gering Art Festival.

The festival, hosted by the Gering Merchants, sets up on the lawn at the Scotts Bluff County Courthouse and runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., depending on the weather. Lots of trees will provide plenty of welcome shade during our hot summer months.

“Artists will have their work for sale,” said RaNae Garton of the Gering Merchants. “We also have live entertainment during the day and a new feature in a mini quilt show.”

Darlene Tagler, co-owner of Prairie Pines Quilt Shop and Gering Merchants member, came up with the idea to feature smaller pieces from local quilters. The quilts won’t be for sale, but the public will enjoy seeing the work that goes into creating those small pieces of art.

“When you look at all the hours and energy quilters will put into those works, we decided that’s also what art is about and thought they should be on display,” Garton said.

Entertainment scheduled to perform at the Gering Arts Festival include Bill Snocker, Don Osbon, Justin Kane, Deanna Floe, Jeanie Brisco, Gabe Bruton, The Edwins and Fred Marquez. Plus, the West Nebraska Arts Center will have hands-on activities at their information booth during the day.

The show doesn’t have food vendors, as there are many unique restaurants within walking distance and the merchants group encourages the public to try them out.

Registrations are still being taken for artists who want to be a part of the Arts Festival. Contact RaNae Garton at 308-641-2842.

The same day, the High Plains Auto Club is hosting its “show and shine,” the Rock-n-Roll Father’s Day Classic Car Show at Five Rocks Amphitheater south of Gering. It’s a great day of fun events in Gering.
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