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Arts Festival is Nov. 7-8

The Fifth Annual Chilton County Arts Festival will take place Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 7 and 8 at the Clanton Conference and Performing Arts Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Much more live entertainment will grace the stage than in previous years, including gospel, jazz, magic and performing arts.

And best of all, admission is free.

“We’re trying to support the arts and support local artists,” said Mack Gothard, festival director and treasurer with the Chilton County Arts Council.

Up to 40 booths will feature the work of local award-winning artists, many of whom will have fine handcrafted arts and crafts for sale. Visitors will find unique items for gifts, decorations, functional usage, fashion or keepsakes.

In addition, local students of all ages will have their work on display—and this includes much more than paintings. The Jemison High School robotics team will conduct demonstrations at one booth.

“We will recognize students’ achievements in the county,” Gothard said. “We’re a community; we work for everyone. That’s our goal.”

Attendees may bring their pets and have pictures made with Santa through a fundraising event called “Paws for Santa,” proceeds of which will go toward the Chilton County Humane Society. Family members may also be included in the photos, Gothard said.

The live entertainment lineup is as follows:

God’s Deliverance kicks off Saturday at 9 a.m., followed by magician Bob Sanders (“Bubba Whodini”) at 10 a.m., Tina Wakefield at 11 a.m., Claudine with Crystal and Jerry Russell at noon, Rick and Jilda Watson at 1 p.m. and Festival Youth Ballet at 2 p.m. presenting “Nutcracker, Clara’s Dream.”

Sunday begins again with God’s Deliverance at 9 a.m., Lance Driskell at 11 a.m., 701 Twirlers at 12:30 p.m., the 2015 Chilton County Peach Queens at 1 p.m. and Deep Woods Revival at 1:45 p.m.

For more information, see the Chilton County Arts Council’s Facebook page.