Arts for All kicks off Friday

Arts for All kicks off Friday

LAWTON, OK (KSWO) - Crews at Shepler Park in downtown Lawton spent the day setting up for the 43rd annual Arts for All festival, which starts Friday evening.

The event will have dancing, live music, food, a beer and wine garden and about 80 artist booths.

"They'll have all different types of art. They'll have pottery, sculptures, jewelry," said Andrea Hadley, chairman of the wine garden.

Hadley said the food at the event is also a huge draw.

"There's about 26 different food vendors here, ranging from Thai food to turkey legs to yummy desserts to snow cones and all sorts of good stuff," Hadley said.

Hadley said ultimately, the event is really about encouraging everyone to come out and have fun.

"And to share with the community that doesn't participate in art type activities to come and see what art is all about and it helps support other things in the community like the Lawton Community Theater," Hadley said.

Besides the theater, Arts for All raises money for 5 other member organizations including the Lawton-Fort Sill Arts Council, the Southwest Oklahoma Opera Guild, the Lawton Philharmonic Orchestra, Lawton Pro Musica and the Wichita Wildlight Photographic Society.

"You just have to get out and experience it. Once you come out to Arts for All, if you've never been, it's a wonderful event," Hadley said.

The event is free to get in and runs Friday from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. It continues Saturday from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.

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