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FAIRFAX--The Art in Bloom Festival brings a gazillion exhibits and a day of music to Swanson's Farm and Nursery on Saturday, July 26, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
      "The Festival is a benefit for Fairfax organizations," organizer Shelly Pottala said.
      The artists and artisans include Harold Aksdal, Cindy Allen, Tamara Blaisell, Janet Bonneau, Michele Bradley, Lucia Chiu, Jeannie Compton, Joanne Delaney, Josh Derner, Barbara Hamel Derner, Jen Dutil, Marje Ellsworth, Jim Gallugi, Julie Gennrich, Hair Wraps, Pat Harrington, Mary Hill, Donna Kunkel, Randy Mead, Gina Meigs, Lena Meunier, Martha Ohliger, Donna Owens, Dan Pattullo, Cynphia Pease, Kim Peters, Carol and Jennifer Pierstorff, Mary Rooney, Tia Rooney, Brad Schwartz, Bruce Gilbert-Smith, Sally Gilbert-Smith, Alex Stephens, Ronnie Turner, Valerie Ugro, Sara Webb, and more.
      The Festival offers music all day from Backside Grind, Dylan Day and the Alzona Watson Band, Fiddleheads, Hillbillies from Outerspace, and the Hubcats.
      Food will be sold by the Euro Restaurant from Essex Jct; the Grillmeister from Cambridge offering organic gourmet burgers, sausages and fries; Iced Coffees from Green Mountain Coffee Roasters and Trevor Russell; Samosaman from Winooski with congo food and fresh mango juice; and donated Ice Cream from a well known local producer who must remain nameless.
      Shelly's Raffle Basket is chock-a-block full with items from a hand painted platter to a desk top lamp, to leather coin purses, and a huge supply of gift certificates. Artists have donated framed artwork and more to separate raffles; the works include Harald Aksdal, fresh flower boquet from Swanson Farm and Nursery, artwork by Cindy Allen, a handmade necklace and earrings from Julie Genrich, two framed flower photos by Janet Bonneau, and a Fiddlehead CD.
      The Art in Bloom Festival benefits the Fairfax Fire and Rescue Departments. The 2007 Festival raised over $1,300.
      Admission is free. We are only asking for parking donations and ice cream donations, Ms. Pottala said. Email for more info.


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