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Raising Cain 

Popular fest celebrates three decades of handmade art.

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Every year around this time, George Kozmon, director of the Cain Park Arts Festival, feels like the ringmaster of a very colorful circus. “It’s perpetual chaos,” he says. “We panic that it won’t be as good as last year.” Opening jitters aside, Kozmon says he’s proud of the 14 seasons he’s spent organizing the popular outing, which takes place this weekend. “We really have a high standard of talent coming in.”

The juried fest, now in its 30th year, features more than 150 artists, exhibiting and selling everything from paintings to sculptures to textiles. “The judges look for the formal standards -- the individual expression, the traditional aspects of the work,” says Kozmon. “We’re purists in that way.” While visitors feast their eyes on all the artwork, area vendors dish up tasty eats and local bands bring the noise. “It’s a delight for the senses,” says Kozmon.
Sat., July 14, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

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