Art fair draws a crowd

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Children display their creativity at the Little Lemons Art Park.

Children display their creativity at the Little Lemons Art Park.

Former student Sam Heldman, center, displays her photography at the 41st Lemonade Concert and Art Fair. Children display their creativity at the Little Lemons Art Park.  

Thousands came out to campus to enjoy the food and fun, music and art on display during the 41st annual Lemonade Concert and Art Fair Thursday at St. Cloud State University.

Attendees and vendors both enjoyed nice weather for much of the event, which again attracted an estimated 12,000 to campus.

The annual event featured more than 200 vendors who set up booths to display their arts and crafts. Food vendors also provided fresh squeezed lemonade, reuben sandwiches, corn dogs, sweet corn, cheese curds and more. The Little Lemons Art Park offered hands-on activities for children. Farmers market vendors offered a variety of fresh produce, including strawberry jam produced by the St. Cloud State Community Garden.

SitarTabla TwinCities and Jazz.Combo performed on the World Commons Stage during the afternoon before rain showers drove the rest of the day's activities indoors.

The event wrapped up with presentation of the Rock-On Awards by St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis ’89 followed by a performance by the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra in Ritsche Auditorium in Stewart Hall.

“It’s a perfect day for it,” said Sam Heldman, former St. Cloud State student. Heldman was attending her first Lemonade Concert and Art Fair Thursday to sell photography.

The food, belly dancers and art were all draws for alumna Helen Schommer '13 and her family.

“It’s one of our favorite events of the year,” she said. “We love it.”

St. Cloud State’s key summer event went off well despite a water main break Wednesday that affected three campus buildings and required repairs to a valve located beneath the campus mall, said David McCandless, assistant director for campus programs and spirit groups.

“The facilities folks did a ridiculously fantastic job getting everything patched up on the campus mall. We definitely appreciate their efforts,” he said. “… People seem happy, they seem to be enjoying the weather and the fair and the crafts. And that’s what we want.”

The Lemonade Concert and Art Fair kicks off St. Cloud’s Granite City Days weekend of events, which includes a canoe trip and block party Friday, parade and pub crawl on Saturday and a 5K run/walk on Sunday. The event is also part of the Celebrate! St. Cloud State summer events.

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