Residents enjoy arts, crafts at Art in the Park |

Residents enjoy arts, crafts at Art in the Park

Michelle Balleck

— There were vendors from New Mexico, Washington, Texas, Louisiana and even Craig at the 31st annual Art in the Park festival Sunday in Steamboat Springs’ West Lincoln Park.

The Moffat County High School cheerleaders and dance squad sold cotton candy, hot dogs and pop in the near 90-degree weather.

“We’re trying to earn enough money for new uniforms and to go to camp,” said Amanda Wilson, who will be a sophomore in the fall.

Brad Smith of Hayden was there trying to turn a profit as well. He also wanted to amaze the crowds. Passersby stopped and grabbed seats on the grass to watch him blow glass.

“I think a lot of the locals get into it,” he said. “It’s not like it’s a lot of tourists who are here. It’s a lot of locals who come out and get what they need.”

He learned the art form in 1987. “I’ve just been doing it ever since,” he said.

He owns a shop in Steamboat called The Glass Smith, and he attends shows to let people know he’s around.

Other vendors came from all over the country to exhibit and sell their work at the festival. Photographers, metal workers, jewelers and sculptors set up tents in the park and visited with the thousands of people who walked through during the two-day event.

One artist used antique forks and other utensils to make wind chimes while another offered massages at $1 a minute. One sold bonsai trees and another sold creative women’s clothing.

The Rocky Mountain Raptor Program had a raptor and turkey vulture on hand to show the audience while jugglers and musicians offered a break from shopping.

Smith said he attends as many art shows as he can, but the one closest to home is his favorite.

“This is probably one of the best shows all year,” he said.

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