Arts in the Park returns to Aberdeen after year off

Published: Jun. 18, 2021 at 5:14 PM CDT
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ABERDEEN, S.D. (Dakota News Now) - Arts in the Park is back in Aberdeen after being cancelled last year due to the pandemic. And both returning and new vendors are excited to set up shop.

Many spent Friday afternoon setting up in Melgaard Park and preparing for the weekend. After the event last year was cancelled, for many this is the first show that they’ve been to since 2019.

“We couldn’t have it last year. And so, for the vendors, this is the first show that a lot of them have done since two years ago.” said Aberdeen Area Arts Council Executive Director Stacy Braun. “So they are ready, they’re excited to get going, and we’re excited.”

The booth spaces at the park are nearly full, including all the food and extra entertainment spots as well. Avera St. Luke’s will also be out both days offering the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine for anyone that has yet to be vaccinated.

“We’ve got a park full of arts and crafts people. We have room for 117, and I think we have 116. And the food booth is full, the food alley is full.” said Braun.

Any many vendors are just happy to be back doing shows, after the pandemic cancelled many more across the country last year.

“We’re just glad to be back doing shows again. All last year, we only got to do two shows. We were going to do this show last year too, we were on the schedule, but it just didn’t happen.” said Russ Duerksen.

Braun said with many returning vendors, there’s also a lot of new faces setting up shop this year. She said those new booths are something for people that have been to shows in years past, and are looking for new vendors to take a look at.

“I think there’s about 35 people that have never been to Arts in the Park before. So I think that people will see some new things, some different things than what has been here before too.”

Arts in the Park goes from June 19-20, from 10 am to 6 pm Saturday, and 10 am to 4 pm Sunday.

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