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Colorful weekend headed to Afton

Denny VanDenBoom of Hudson, Wis. whittles a stick from a maple tree into a wooden flower during last year's Afton's Art in the Park. File photo

Before the autumn colors coat the St. Croix River Valley, local and regional artists will be adding their own flair this weekend during Afton's annual Art in the Park fair.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24, at Town Square Park, with other activities around Afton's Old Village.

In its 39th year, the outdoor art fair touts more than 100 vendors, live music, food and artists from various mediums, including, fine arts, traditional crafts, jewelry, pottery, photography and apparel.

Local artists will also be transforming Adirondack chairs into works of art. Past works included iterations of Van Gogh pieces, Prince and local landmarks, like Selma's Ice Cream Parlour.

Organizers will put the chairs to silent auction for event-goers with proceeds benefiting the Afton Historical Museum.

Proceeds raised through the beer and wine garden at Art in the Park will also benefit the museum.

More information and a list of vendors and events are available at www.exploreafton.com.

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