PADUCAH — The Lowertown Arts and Music Festival kicked off Friday after being canceled for the past two years due to the pandemic.
Vendors are excited to be back, as are people planning to attend.
Mitch Kimball is a wood-fired potter and his wife is a metalworker. They have been practicing their profession for more than 20 years.
Kimball shares what makes the festival so great.
“This is a celebration of all of our neighbors who are also artists, whether they are poets, chefs or makers, so this is our chance together to celebrate,” Kimball said.
Kimball and his wife also teach art at McCracken County High School.
He said the festival is a great way to celebrate the end of the school year.
“The most rewarding thing about all of this, number one, is teaching my students how to appreciate handmade craftsmanship and probably being able to hold a work of art either close to their heart, like a necklace, or very close, like a cup every morning,” Kimball said.
Organizers say there’s plenty to do and everyone is welcome.
“Art activities that are suitable for all ages. There are hands-on, interactive things that are art tents, and of course, vendors and food and drink and music, so it’s really an experience immersive,” LowerTown Arts and Music said festival director Lexie Millikan.
And for Kimball, it’s all about putting everything together to create a great time for the community.
“Doing your artwork and presenting it for a festival, I would say I always look forward to hearing the music, of course. It’s a highlight,” Kimball said. “Some of the food is delicious, and I really like to see who all comes out and makes our community better. So it’s all about working together and having a great festival.”
The festival will continue until 10:30 p.m. on Friday, then resume on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
The Lowertown Arts and Music Festival supports the Yeiser Arts Center, now in its 65th year.
Check Lowertown Arts and Music Festival Facebook page for more information on the artists and vendors you can expect at this year’s event. Information is also available at theyeiser.org.
Here is a map of the festival area: