NORMAN — The Assistance League of Norman will sponsor May Fair Art and Sole, its 38th annual May Fair Arts Festival, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 5 at Andrews Park, 201 W Daws St.
It was a three-day event for the past several years, but this year organizers decided to return to the one-day format, Chairman Mitzi LaBrie said.
“The Assistance League wanted to return May Fair to its roots, showcasing local artists and vendors,” LaBrie said. “Local artists have been very supportive of our decision to scale down to a one-day event.”
LaBrie said the festival will feature art vendors from across the United States, and will offer plenty of fun, food, live music and activities along with the art.
New this year is the Art and Sole Run, a 5k run and 2k fun run/walk, an event LaBrie said organizers are excited about.
“We decided to incorporate a run this year to add an element of health and fitness,” LaBrie said.
Also featured will be a Children's Art Yard, with fun crafts for children to make and take, LaBrie said.
“Our Children's Art Yard is going to have some great crafts, including shoelace decorating, flowerpot decorating and fingerprinting,” LaBrie said.
Inside the Children's Art Yard, Lindsey Martin of Norman's Scissortail Art School will lead the free Adventures in Art section from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Children can do everything from glass etchings to beaded bracelets, Martin said.
“We will also be learning about positive and negative space and screen printing,” Martin said. “The kids will be doing a screen printing design on a piece of cloth, but they'll be learning about the whole process of screen printing.”
Martin said each participant will go home with a unique piece of art.
For those more interested in the food, LaBrie said, the festival will offer regional food vendors including Big Truck Tacos and Dip n' Dots. Norman's Fat and Sassy Mama, Caryn Ross, will sell doughnut balls. Ross is a winner of the Paula Deen and Kraft Foods Real Women of Philadelphia contest and has appeared on Rachael Ray's show.
The festival also will feature the May Fair Student Art Show. First-place artists in each grade level, kindergarten through eighth grade, will receive $50 savings bonds from First Bank and Trust Co. Second place artists will receive student art scholarships from the Firehouse Art Center.
The May Fair Arts Festival benefits the Assistance League of Norman's philanthropic projects, including Operation School Bell, which provides shoes, clothing and books to nearly 1,200 needy children in the Norman and Little Axe school districts.
For more information, to register for the Art and Sole Run or to register for the student art show, go to www.norman.