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Lakeshore Art Festival turns six, still growing

In total more than 350 artists will have works for sale.

MUSKEGON, MI - It's the sixth year for the Lakeshore Art Festival in downtown Muskegon.

The event just keeps growing. This year 150 additional artists applied to get into the event which runs Friday until 8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m to 6 p.m.

"We accepted close to 50-additional exhibitors and added two blocks to our show," said Carla Flanders, festival director.

In total more than 350 artists will have works for sale.

Muskegon area photographer Jenna Gee and her husband Joe say the weather is perfect for selling their photographs and calendars.

"We lucked out this year," said Jenna.

Artists like Richard Barnhart are new to the show. Barnhart sells hand made wooden canoe and kayak paddles.

"We decided to give it a try," said Barnhart. And with big crowds early Friday he believes he'll be glad he made the trip to Muskegon.

One thing not missed by shoppers is the fact the festival just keeps getting larger and larger year after year.

Vendor Lacy Bridges is expecting to surpass the number of canvases she sold last year at the festival.

"I'm thinking that we might even triple it," said Bridges.

Those blank canvases are for kids to paint while their parents shop.

There are a variety of children's activities, and artisan food vendors.

A beer and wine garden is located in Hackley Park.

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