Westerville will host an annual event

WESTERVILLE — Fresh off of July 4 festivities, the city will host its 48th annual music and arts festival today and Sunday.

The 2022 festival is presented by the Westerville Area Chamber and is held at Heritage Park and Everal Barn, 60 N. Cleveland Ave. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. It’s free for children 10 and under, but there’s an entrance fee for everyone else.

The chamber’s website said: “The event will feature over 130 artists, over 30 performances, 20 food vendors, a youth art exhibit, a silent auction and entertainment for young people. youth.”

The latter includes an interactive mural entitled “Honoring Hanby” by local artist Mary Kline, sponsored by the Westerville Arts Council. Benjamin Hanby (1833-1867) wrote the Christmas carol “Up on the House Top” and is one of Westerville’s most famous residents. There will also be a ball artist and Columbus Blue Jackets yard games.

The Westerville Public Library will present Oceanography Down Under at 5 p.m. at the Alum Creek Amphitheater.

The music takes place in three areas: the main stage, the community stage and the songwriters’ tent. Among the entertainment will be previews of two upcoming theatrical productions: “Legally Blonde the Musical” and “The Sound of Music.” Headlining the main stage at 7.30pm on Saturday, The Reaganomics and Lone Rover close the main stage at 2pm on Sunday.

The chamber presented the festival with a float during Westerville’s July 4 parade, its Facebook page said. A van carried a platform with a mini stage and musicians performing. The musicians performing at the festival also performed at the Westerville Farmers Market on July 2.

Accessible parking for the Music and Arts Festival is limited and “Guests are encouraged to park at the following locations:” Westerville Sports Complex Parking Lot, 325 N. Cleveland Ave. (take a tram or walk); The Point at Otterbein/Americheer, 60 Collegeview Road; and the old senior center parking lot, 310 W. Main St.

The festival is the main event hosted by the Westerville area chamber. For more information, visit www.westervillechamber.com.

“The Westerville Area Chamber has nearly 660 members representing various business and community interests,” its website says. “For more than 50 years, members of the Chamber have united to improve the quality of community life and the economic, civic and cultural growth of the Westerville area.”

Tents were set up at Heritage Park ahead of the Westerville Music and Arts Festival.

Everal Barn will have a music stage for this weekend’s Westerville Music and Arts Festival.

Gary Budzak can be reached at 740-413-0906 or on Twitter @GaryBudzak.

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