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Rhinebeck, N.Y.-- More than 200 artists, musicians and 35 gourmet food vendors made their way to the Dutchess County Fairgrounds, for the first ever Hudson-Valley Arts Festival.
“It’s not a first come first serve kind of event, it’s really only the very best people who apply and get to do the show and the artists appreciate that” says festival organizer, Stacy Jerit.
The event features vendors from 21 states, specializing in jewelry, clothing, food items and woodworking.
Vendors, like furniture maker, Mike Leggett.
“One of most difficult aspects of what we do since we spend so much time in the shop is to let people know were out there” he says, “and this is great opportunity to let the public see what we do.”
As people crowded the many tents on the grounds, some came from miles away.
“You can’t see this type of work anyplace else” says shopper Sue Corey.
Corey drove an hour and a half Saturday just to shop the more than 230 vendors, and says the drive was well worth it.
“It’s great to have it all together in one place” she says, “so you can see what everybody’s making without having to travel to all the individual artisans’ places.”
The arts festival will continue until Sunday, at 5pm.