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Midsummer Arts Faire draws more and more crowds each year

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

If you walk through Washington Park in Quincy this weekend you'll see it's filled with colorful artwork in many forms.

Fifty eight artists have booths set up to showcase their art, hoping it will catch a person's eye.

Organizers say the Midsummer Arts Faire is in its tenth year, and continues to draw in more and more people each year.

"Every year we do our best to make things fresh and new and bigger and involve more people in the community. We've really made an effort and a push to involve every organization we can get our hands on," said Midsummer Arts Faire Board President Kelli Langston.

Langston says nearby business owners say the fair's success has helped them cash in as well.

"There's a huge impact. We've already heard from several business owners around the square who say their business just booms this weekend. Especially restaurants and hotels," said Langston.

And not only does local economy see a boost, but so do some of the artists who put their work on display this weekend.

"We do about a third of our total business is actually doing shows, so I mean it's a big part in what we do," said artist Patricia Hooper.

Hooper makes pewter tableware for her business ASL Pewter and says she goes to twenty shows a year like this one and it not only helps her sales, but gives her an idea of what people are looking for.

"I like seeing what people are picking up at a show that gives you an idea of what trends might be coming along," said Hooper.

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