Art Walk at the Stackhouse | The artisans’ handcrafted items will highlight the fundraiser | entertainment

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JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – Come out and spend a day in nature.

The Stackhouse Park Art Walk takes place Sunday from 10am to 6pm at Stackhouse Park, 998 Luzerne St., Johnstown.

The event features arts and crafts vendors, musical entertainment, food vendors, children’s activities, a dog competition and a 5K race.

Denise Urban, an events organizer, said the Art Walk at Stackhouse Park was created three years ago when park board members were looking for new activities to offer at the park.

“I’m a crafter and artist and I thought we could do a craft show,” she said.

“Everyone was blown away by participation in year one and year two.

“Last year we had over 1,000 visitors and we expect even more visitors this year.”

There will be 60 vendors along the Tioga Trail and around the Tioga Pavilion.

“We’ve had vendors who have participated over the past few years sign up because they’ve been happy with it,” Urban said.

“There are also vendors from outside the region this year, coming from Pittsburgh and Maryland.”

Items include wood carvings, fiber arts, jewelry, crocheted and knitted items, home decor, wooden signs, seasonal wreaths, dog treats and accessories, acrylic and watercolor paintings, handmade jerky, baked goods, and seasonal flowers and plants from the SEADS Garden Center.

“The artists and craftsmen are judged and it’s of high quality,” Urban said.

“It’s all handwork.”

Musical entertainment is provided by The Evergreens from 11am to 12:30pm at the Shops on Diamond; Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Spangler Pavilion; and Mark Weakland from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Spangler Pavilion.

The Run the Park 5K begins at 8am at Ranger’s Station.

“Last year, 80 people attended,” Urban said.

“It’s through the park and it’s a challenging track.”

The cost is $25 and registration can be done online at www.ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=95900.

A dog contest begins at 10:30 am in the Spangler Pavilion and will feature four categories – Best Costume, Best Looking Dog, Longest Kiss and Most Talented Dog.

There are first and second prizes in each category.

The entrance fee is $5. Applications are available online at www.artwalkinthepark.com.

“That’s really grown,” Urban said.

“People love their dogs.”

At 3:00 p.m., the ribbon will be cut for the park’s new StoryWalk near the Spangler Pavilion.

“It’s geared towards young children, and there’s a book page on each pole, and you go through a path to read the book,” Urban said.

“That changes every now and then.”

Activities for children include arts and crafts and face painting.

Steel City Ax will be placed opposite the park entrance for those who want to try ax throwing.

Food and beverage providers include Balance Restaurant, Grumbling Gypsy, Red’s Texas BBQ, Roots Juicery & Kitchen, Kona Ice of Conemaugh Valley, Hungry Owl, Brick Lid Pizza by Norman and Mary Ed, B&L Wine Cellars and Noble Stein Brewery Co.

Additionally, Mill House Café & Co., 828 Diamond Blvd., serves coffee and pastries.

Proceeds benefit Stackhouse Park to help maintain trails and provide educational programs.

“We hope that people will not only enjoy the crafts, but also enjoy the beauty of the park, take a deep breath and enjoy nature,” Urban said.

“I also hope that this will make the park better known because it’s a hidden gem and a lot of people don’t know where it is or what it’s about.”

There is no admission fee.

Parking is available on property at Westmont Hilltop Elementary School.

Golf carts driven by For Johnstown volunteers will be on hand to transport participants up and down the trail and to help carry groceries.

For more information and a full schedule of events, visit www.artwalkinthepark.com or visit the Art Walk in Stackhouse Park Facebook page at www.facebook.com/artwalkintheparkstackhouse.

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