Big events set for Mary Park this weekend
Mary Park in New Richmond will be a busy place this weekend as the New Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce puts on both its annual Park Art Fair and the Willow River Blues & Brews Fest.
The festivities kick off Friday, when artist booths open from 5-8 p.m. Dozens of artists will fill the park, showing off and selling their work.
“We will have over 130 artists there,” said Chad Derrick, president of the Chamber Board. “They’ll be selling anything from pottery to furniture to jewelry to paintings, and that kind of stuff. The Park Art Fair has been going on for many years. It’s a New Richmond staple. It’s free admission for anyone. People can come in and walk around There’s something for everyone’s different tastes.”
At the park’s pavilion, the Dee Miller Band is scheduled to perform from 6-8 p.m. on Friday. Bobby Messano will perform from 8:30-11 p.m. Admission and parking are free for both the art fair and the concerts. Festival-goers can also purchase concessions.
On Saturday, things ramp up with the art fair running from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and musical performances starting at 1 p.m.
Scheduled to perform on Saturday are Annie Mack from 1-3:30 p.m., The Humbuckers from 4-5:30 p.m., the Lamont Cranston Band from 6-8 p.m., and Corey Stevens from 8:30-11 p.m.
“It’s a good event if you want to come down, enjoy some nice music for free, have a drink or two and have some concessions,” Derrick said. “We’ll have a number of different foods at our concession stands as well. It’s pretty much the same food vendors as Fun Fest.”
The Willow River Brew Tasting event is scheduled from 4-6 p.m. on Saturday featuring more than 75 different craft brews for revelers to sample. Tickets for the beer tasting event are $25 at the door or $20 in advance at the Chamber office, Brady’s Brewhouse, Lumberjack Liquors, Ready Randy’s and Family Fresh Market.
To help ensure everyone gets home safe after consuming alcohol, free taxi rides home in the greater New Richmond area are available both days until 3 a.m. upon request.
“We are anticipating a really good turnout,” Derrick said.