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Calico Fort begins Saturday

One of the oldest, largest and most popular arts and crafts fairs in the south will be held for the 44th time Saturday and Sunday at Calico Fort in Fort Deposit.

The Fort Deposit Arts Council sponsors the event.

We have an outstanding list of exhibitors this year,” said Frieda Cross, president of the arts council. “We encourage everyone to come out this year and enjoy the unique exhibitor items and the family friendly environment.”

Exhibitors from Georgia, Wisconsin, Indiana, Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, Florida and Alabama have been specially selected to represent the best artisans and craftsmen in their respective areas.

One can expect to find hand sewing, painted clothing, woodworking, leather goods, stained, beveled and fused glass, pottery, garden statuary, wind chimes, toys of every sort, jewelry designers, rocking chairs, bird houses, watercolor, oil, pen and ink, pastel art and plants of all kinds.

There will be continuous local entertainment, both days, in the Fort’s natural amphitheater.  Featured performers include The Silver Creek Band, Renny McNaughten, Caleb Luckie, Max Conway, Alex Adams Bowen, Katye Giddens and Adrian Johnson.

There will be hand pulled BBQ plates, BBQ chicken plates, hot dogs, hamburgers, funnel cakes, roasted corn, bloomin’ onions and homemade ice cream.

“There is truly something for everyone at Calico Fort,” said Cross. “The most fascinating part of the event is the creativity and ideas that each exhibitor demonstrates. Our exhibitors are so talented and creative. We invite everyone to come out and have a good time.”

Pets are not allowed inside the fair, but Cross said that The Butler County Humane Society will have a booth near Gate Six for pet sitting for a fee. Pets will also be available for adoption. Proceeds will benefit the Humane Society.

Cross said a lot of people like to bring their pets to the fair, but they can’t bring them in as a safety precaution to the visitors and the pets.  She said with the pet-sitting booth they have the option to drop their pets off and enjoy the fair.

The gates are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children.

The proceeds raised from the event will be used to fund the numerous projects of the arts council.