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Plans underway for 5th Annual Ouachita Arts Celebration

The Ouachita Arts Celebration is back for the 5th annual festival showcasing the creativity of the region. The street festival continues to bring more art of all kinds to downtown Mena.

   There will be a cake decorating competition for amateur bakers judged by the highly qualified Maryann Kleinot. The cakes will be displayed for all to see in the front window of Suzy Q’s during the festival.

  The Fancifeet Cloggers will be on stage performing their exciting dances. There will be choirs from Acorn and Mena High Schools.

   A wide variety of live music can be heard in shops, on stage and roaming throughout the festival. Next Generation Dance Studio will perform on stage again.

   The Ouachita Strings Ensemble is coming back for another quality performance.

   E.J. Colvin will be back doing her professional face painting. Tommy Young will be showing his new exotic owls and falcons. Also returning is the Chair Art Competition. Sign up for your chair and show your talent.

   This year there is a 4ft. x 8ft. “puzzle” of a familiar image. Select a piece, color it and place it in the numbered space.

   The image will be unknown until the individual pieces (50 pieces) are colored and put in place. What is the mystery image? Check in to see as the pieces are placed.   

   A very exciting addition to the lineup this year is the Ouachita Quilt Show and Competition to be held in the Historic Armory on DeQueen St.

   As always there will be artists set up all along Mena and Maple streets ready to talk about their work and offer it for purchase. Businesses in the Downtown Arts District will have fun things inside to see and do.

  Watch for the schedule of events coming soon.

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