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City Park is alive with art: Two day event draws big crowds

Many young families attended this year's Art in the Park. (Al Edenloff / Echo Press) 1 / 3
A steady stream of onlookers take in the sights and sounds of Art in the Park in Alexandria City Park Saturday. (Al Edenloff / Echo Press) 2 / 3
Jessica Hanna with Art Bar 39 watches (left to right) Kellen and Isaiah Likens of Monticello and Lexi Dahl of Alexandria at Art in the Park Saturday. (Al Edenloff / Echo Press)3 / 3

A favorite summer-time tradition in Alexandria for 43 years — Art in the Park — is showing no signs of slowing down.

Last weekend's event at Alexandria City Park once again drew big crowds. Organizers said the two-day turnout was comparable to past years' attendance of between 20,000 to 30,000.

"I think it went absolutely swimmingly," said Ann Hermes, executive director of the Andria Theatre that organizes the event as a fundraiser. "We weren't sure how things would go because this was the first year we were charging ($5) for parking, but once people found out it was a fundraiser to keep live theater going in town, they readily gave."

Many local families return year after year but Hermes is noticing a new trend.

"I saw a lot of young families there this year — that's always fun to see," she said.

Artists seemed happy with the event, especially the nice weather, which brought mild temperatures and lots of sunshine.

The Andria Theater was still crunching the numbers but Hermes said around $35,000 was raised.

Al Edenloff

Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  

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