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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

Lake Bottom Park in Columbus was the scene of an expansive art fair with activities for all ages over the weekend.

Painters and sculptors set up tents filled with their best work, hoping to catch the eyes of patrons. 

Visitors to the Weracoba/St. Elmo Historic District were treated to a host of art exhibits, and a series of fun distractions. Kids got to stand alongside professionals and create their own works of art.

In addition to the array of handmade crafts for sale, friends from Jubilee Farm were on hand to entertain children.  The Opelika Petting Zoo came complete with pony rides and adorable baby animals.

Paws Humane along with the Animal Control Shelter of Columbus displayed abandoned pets in need of permanent homes. 

"It's an annual event, I've been coming here for ten years, and it's just a great family event: music, face painting, food, and art, so people ought to come out every year at about this time," said June Perg Floyd, Phenix City artist.

"I like an event that brings all that out and brings those kinds of people out here and gets people to experience all the different artists and cool things that we have here," said Erin Morpeth, a student at Columbus High School.

"I always wanted to paint, but I went to a country school where they didn't teach you how, so, I started about 12, 15 years ago, and Milton Lenoir, who is a famous artist in Phenix City, he told me where to start with the sky, and I just kept going from there," said Floyd.

Some of the featured artists travelled here from far outside our region.

"We went to John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, North Carolina to learn how to make brooms," said Ralph Donaldson with Broom Brothers. "We've been doing this, it is our sixth year, we travel to about two dozen shows a year, [and] it's the first time we've been in Columbus. Well this is a beautiful place, it's a lovely place, and there's lots and lots of great stuff here. We're expecting great things from Columbus."

This was the seventeenth annual Arts in the Park, and the community hopes it will continue for years to come. 

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