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Ready, set, Sunflower!

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It’s been an anticipated event in Yorkton for many years and once again it’s just around the corner!

This years marks the 35th year for the annual Sunflower show since its start in 1979. A smorgasbord of quality fine art and fine craft is offered by the 150 or so artists and artisans from near and far that set up shop in Yorkton’s Gallagher Centre says organizer Sandra MacColl.

“Festive spirit, great shopping, amazing raffles, tasty food and ample free parking keep throngs of happy people of all ages coming out each year to connect with old favourites and new discoveries.

“Since its inception on the grounds of old Victoria School, home of the Yorkton Art Centre, Sunflower has taken root and continues to bloom. Countless artists and artisans, from here, near and beyond, have shared their wares with an appreciative audience of fans. Dedicated volunteers donate their time, energy and creative ideas to organize and present this fine art craft market annually, under the banner of the Yorkton Arts Council, in support of our community programming.”

Sunflower’s reputation as a quality show is well-deserved adds MacColl. “Seasoned exhibitors, Zach Dietrich and Wendy Parsons of Moose Jaw, along with Brian Beck of Yorkton, have been part of Sunflower since its inception over three decades ago. They’ve seen it change from an outdoor day-long juried event to a two-day smorgasbord at the Gallagher Centre with over 150 artistic vendors. Exhibitors are added each year to our list of favorites, with new offerings always available to delight and tantalize.”

This year’s marketers will offer pottery, photography, fibre arts, jewelry, edible items, metal work, home and garden decor, kids stuff, paintings, clothing, accessories, recycled products and much more.

“With loads of free parking, tasty food on tap, amazing raffle baskets and a festive spirit of fun – who can resist joining in this celebration of creativity? This is our 35th Sunflower, so we must be doing some things right!”

Sunflower 2013 takes place at Yorkton’s Gallagher Centre Friday, September 6 from 5 to 10 p.m., and Saturday, September 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is 5.00 daily, with students @ 3.00 and pre-schoolers admitted free. Please note the date is always the first weekend following Labour Day, so you can include us in next year’s calendar, too.

Visit www.yorktonarts.ca for more info. You can also like and follow the event on Facebook. Call 306.783.8722 for additional details. Sunflower is proudly presented by the Yorkton Arts Council.


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