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33rd Crozet Arts and Crafts Festival Raises Funds for Park

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Visitors of all ages scanned the exhibits, indulged in food and drinks from local vendors, and enjoyed tunes from live bands. Visitors of all ages scanned the exhibits, indulged in food and drinks from local vendors, and enjoyed tunes from live bands.

A popular festival in Albemarle County drew thousands of art lovers Sunday.

The 33rd Crozet Arts and Crafts Festival attracts many visitors who come back year after year.   Their purchases are supporting the park that hosts the festival.

"I've been coming to this festival for 30 years and I've been a volunteer here for 15 or 20," said festival volunteer Frances Taylor.

Whether it's dedicated volunteers or devoted artists, the Arts and Crafts Festival at Claudius Crozet Park draws them back decade after decade.

"I've been doing this show since 1983," said watercolor artist Linda Patrick.

Organizers estimate between 6,000 and 8,000 people poured into western Albemarle County for the weekend's festivities.

"At the heart of our festival are the artists and what you're going to see there is a real broad variety of mediums - anything from paintings, sculptures, jewelry, printmakers, ceramicists," said festival director Leslie Burns.

Visitors of all ages scanned the exhibits, indulged in food and drinks from local vendors, and enjoyed tunes from live bands. One new addition to this year's festival was the Crozet Art Dollars Program.

"You can give those to your mother as a gift certificate and you can use those as cash here to any of the artists so it's a great way to honor your mother and support the park too," Taylor said.

This community event over Mother's Day weekend has grown into a family affair.

"It's like a family getting here and seeing everybody again," Patrick said.

"I think it's become a family tradition for moms and aunts and daughters and cousins as well as full-on families because we do offer lots of things to do here to come year after year and it's really sweet to see that," Burns said.

The Arts and Crafts Festival is also held in the fall, and they are the only fundraisers for the Crozet Park. The new director says proceeds will go toward maintenance and long-term improvements.

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