EDGEfest is set for May 13 in Storm Lake's Sunset Park, and people will line up to see the bands that have traveled great distances to perform for the benefit concert.
The creativity, however, will not be limited to the bandshell stage. Organizers hope to play up another side of the festival that many may not be aware of
The ARTfest will be making its return with some new features for the public to enjoy.
BVU's own Simeon Lisk with make his return performing his glass blowing techniques for the public. Bogenrief Studios from Sutherland and Spencer, the 22-person studios that produce nationally renowned architectural art glass masterpieces, will also be represented in the festival.
There will also be caricature artists, Henna tattoos and even car painting for people to enjoy.
These events will be building on the first art displays held with the concerts last year. Buena Vista University's own art club, Untitled 11, will be helping the the ARTfest as well as hosting an art sale in the Park.
"Untitled 11 was contacted by Bruce Ellingson and Jamie Haugen of KBVU to set up and run the art displays at the festival," Andrea Walkup, Senior at BVU and Untitled 11 explained.
A new feature this year will be mural painting and will feature the talents of local art students.
The same as last year, The ARTfest will have a cornucopia of talent from local students to professional artists. It is sure to be a great time for art enthusiast and onlookers alike as demonstrations go on during the early part of the festival.
EDGEfest helps raise funds for local non-profit groups. This year the funds collected at the gate will be spread out five ways. Habitat for Humanity, AWAYSIS, Storm Lake Public High School, Storm Lake St. Mary's High School and Alta High School will receive parts of the profits raised. The funds donated going to the high schools will create scholarships for college-bound students will be majoring in the fine arts. Dollars for Scholars will be managing the distribution of the scholarships for the Storm Lake schools.
The EDGEFest '06 arts venue will open at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 13th with displays and demonstrations that continue into the evening. Some of the works will be available for sale to the public.
"Having art at EDGEfest adds a great deal to the whole event," says EDGEfest arts coordinator Jamie Haugen. "With art being a portion of EDGEfest we hope that we're able to attract more people to the event and get more people interested in it. This year is definitely a stepping stone for this portion of the event with many great additions thanks to the contributions of Untitled 11."