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Avondale Art Fair and Ginger Fest draws 1,500-plus to region

AVONDALE, N.S. — Visitors from across the Maritimes converged on the small West Hants community of Avondale recently for the annual art fair and ginger festival.

About 1,500 people stopped by the June 16 event.

Kathy Monroe, the event organizer and a West Hants councillor, said while numbers were down slightly from previous years, she was thrilled with the turnout and support from the community.

“We had a steady flow of people all day,” said Monroe, while handing out ginger candies.

This year marks the seventh art fair and second ginger fest.

The event showcased about 30 artists, displaying everything from jewelry and clay works to paintings and photographs. There were a variety of food vendors on site, including the Mantua Store that was dishing up ginger ice cream, plus live entertainment.

“We have some of the top artists from Atlantic Canada and we seem to pick up new ones each year,” said Monroe of the juried art fair.

This was Bruce and Debbie Smith's first time attending the Avondale Art Fair and Ginger Festival. The Lawrencetown couple operate Eco Fish, a small business that creates fish-shaped lanterns using recycled pop bottles, used fishing line and solar lights. They've been handcrafting the items for about six years.

Like several other vendors, the Smiths say they plan to return to sell their wares at the upcoming Sept. 16 Garlic Festival, which is also being held at the Avondale Sky Winery venue.

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