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BELFAST - Next weekend, July 13 to 14, Belfast will hold its annual Arts in the Park festival. The event will be held in the Heritage Park nestled right on the banks of the Passagassawakeag River. Sailboats and dinghies dotting Belfast Bay make up the backdrop. In its 18th year, the festival promises a day long activities, art, music and food. It's a great event to visit with family and kids or solo, for the day or a quick visit.

This year the Arts in the Park Committee and Jury selected 85 applicants out of the pool of artists that submitted work for showing. Many different medias are represented. From paintings and photography, to jewelry, craft objects and recycled goods, there is something to pique everyone's interest. There will be clothing and bags, glasses and jugs. Purchase something as a gift, or get a souvenir.

Arts in the Park is also proud to announce that the 2013 Artists of the Year are Rosemarie DiLernia and Chris Banikiotes. Both of them have participated in numerous craft shows since the 1970's, in Maine and elsewhere.  

Music will accompany festival goers all day as they browse the different booths set up throughout the park. The lineup of musicians includes six bands of varying genres and styles. All of the bands are local to the Waldo County area. 

The 3 Generations is a family band spanning three generations. Their milieu is plain country music with plenty of spirit.

Bad Daddys Band rocks and rolls with blues soul. The four man band lead with heavy rhythms, electric riffs, and hot vocals.

Belfast Bay Fiddlers is a collective group of musicians devoted to playing traditional fiddle music.

The Blue Hill Brass band is a quintet versed in concert music. Members have performed with Bangor Symphony Orchestra and the Maine Chamber Ensemble.

Captain Obvious is a rock band with roots in classic blues-rock. A four-man band, they follow in the steps of the Allman Brothers Band and Jimi Hendrix.

Maximum Blue Band consists of a trio bass, guitar and fiddle ensemble. Playing lively bluegrass, they work through a number of standards.

Vendors will provide food to suit everyone's taste: coffee and baked goods, wood-fired pizza, burgers and fries and seafood, as well as desserts. Food is provided this year by The Good Kettle, Interfaith Fuel Fund, The Uproot Pie Co., The Game Loft, Ye Olde English Fish and Chips, Stonefox Farm Creamery and Ma's Shaved Ice.

The Arts in the Park festival will run July 13 to 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information on the festival, visit artsintheparkbelfast.org or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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