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The NG

    This annual Union City Arts Festival is Friday and Saturday, Sept. 7-8 in the Artisan Crossing/Arts Depot District of downtown Union City, Ind. The festival includes a wide variety of art-related attractions, so no matter which of the arts you’re particularly fond of – it’s sure to be well represented.

    Arts Festival committee member Ted Lahey said the focus of this year’s event is to provide an affordable family event that draws upon what has been successful in years past. Festival organizers this year have scaled back on high-end performers to feature more regional musical acts and keep down the price of attendance.  

    The festival will include many of the same activities in the past. It will include music both evenings, including a performance Friday by local favorites Password Reset with singer Roxie Rox. Saturday’s musical performers are Freakquency with opening act Zack Laffin, Shannon Clark and Sugar.

    “We’ve brought back artists that were popular in the past few festivals,” Lahey said. “Fourteen artists will be selling and displaying their wares. There will be performers at the depot, acting in skits that focus on conservation and ecology.”

    Most events are free. Tickets for the events that are not free will be available at the individual events and performances, so there is no need to purchase them in advance. Some events will have a minimal charge to participate. Many events have limited seating and it might be handy to let them know in advance if you are interested in attending.

    Saturday evening at 5:30 p.m., artist Pamela Bliss will be at the Firehouse Pipes to talk about her mural depicting the rock band The McCoys at the height of their popularity. The McCoys’ mural, marking the popular 1960’s band and its local roots, will be unveiled Friday between musical events at the festival.

    There will be many free workshops on a variety of subjects for anyone who is interested.

    Lahey said another returning artist is chainsaw sculptor Dale Keith Lewis who has been very popular in the past. Another popular activity is the “pour art” workshop led by Mitchel Grisez. A small fee and advance sign-up are required to reserve a spot.

    Arts Depot Director Vicki Vardaman has put together a great opening show at the depot gallery that features the work of Carol Strock-Wasson, Dennis Bruss, and Selena Burk. The 3-person show will be on display throughout the festival.