Arbutus Arts Festival returning for its 44th year this Sunday

More than 20,000 people are expected to hit the streets of Arbutus for the 44th Arbutus Arts Festival on Sunday.

The annual event, presented by the Greater Arbutus Business Association, brings craftspeople from the East Coast to showcase their works.

"I think it brings everybody in the community together and out at one time for a day of fun and relaxation," said Sue Miller, the event's chairwoman for seven years.

More than 225 vendors will be on hand.

For Laura Anderson, owner of E-Clipse Designs, a side business she has run for about 10 years in which she creates jewelry out of car parts, said it's always an investment as a vendor when deciding what shows to take part in.

She's returning to the Arbutus festival for the third time from her Severn home because she has done well there in the past, she said. She tends to take part in one craft show a month.

"I love the energy that is there. I love how there's such a diverse field of artists there," she said. "I just feel like it's a nice crowded place and I am received well there."

The Children's Corner will be moved to a new location, at the front of the Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department parking lot with new programming, including a DJ and balloon artist, costumed characters and the opportunity for kids to check out a fire engine. The popular face painting, pony rides and electric train are returning for another year, as well.

"The only thing we've ever had a complaint on is there wasn't enough for kids to do," Miller said.

Across the street, in the parking lot of Arbutus Town Hall, will be the relocated car show, which allows for more space for guests to see the classic cars of yesteryear.

Also this year, there will be 16 food vendors spread throughout the festival grounds, which goes along East Drive from North Avenue to past the Hollywood Movie Theater, as well as Linden Avenue, from East Drive to the Arbutus Fire Department and Town Hall parking lots.

The festival, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., takes place rain or shine. No pets are allowed.

IF YOU GO

Arbutus Arts Festival

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, May 21

Where: Downtown Arbutus

Web: ArbutusArtsFestival.com

Call: 443-833-4548

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