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'Back home' at Arts in the Park

By Staff
ARTS AND CRAFTS Ruby Scarbrough looks at pottery at Brown's Pottery exhibit, owned by Aubrey and Jane Brown, Saturday at Arts in the Park. Photo by Paula Merritt/The Meridian Star
By Steve Swogetinsky/The Meridian Star
April 8, 2001
John Armistead felt he was back home Saturday as he sold his water color paintings at Arts In The Park.
In a way, he was. Though he lives in Tupelo, Armistead grew up in a neighborhood near Highland Park and as a child played there. He later ran the Dentzel Carousel.
Arts In The Park continues today starting at 11 a.m. and running through 5 p.m.
A steady stream of people came and went Saturday. Comfortable temperatures and no rain made for the perfect conditions for festival-goers to enjoy enjoy the arts, food, music, rides and the entertainment.
For the children, there were horses to ride, air gyms, slides and even the "Adrenaline Rush." But before the day was done, almost everyone had to drop by the Carousel.
Brown makes her pottery on a wheel and has her own distinct designs. She and her husband do about 30 events per year.
Sponsored by the Meridian Arts Council, this year's event is the 30th anniversary of Arts In The Park. Officials said more than 30,000 people attended last year's event and from the looks of things Saturday afternoon, this year's attendance should be at least as good.
Steve Swogetinsky is regional editor of The Meridian Star. E-mail him at sswogetinsky@themeridianstar.com.