The annual Art in the Park show drew a big turnout Sunday at South Park.
Thousands took advantage of near-perfect weather Sunday to stroll the sidewalks, grab a bite to eat and buy trinkets at Lawrence's 37th annual Art in the Park art fair.
``I wanted something I hadn't seen before,'' said Steve Hughes, Lawrence, a 44-year-old engineer who bought a clay and metal windmill sculpture.
``It's a great place to watch people,'' he said. ``Someone should set up a table where you can just sit and watch people.''
About 75 art and food booths could be found at this year's show, which artists said appeared to have a good turnout. Art in the Park, sponsored by the Lawrence Art Guild, is held at South Park.
``It just seems really crowded,'' said Lori Hinrichsen, who was selling handmade paper lampshades, cards and light-switch covers.
``It's been very busy. I've had a lot of positive comments.''
While some people were at the fair simply to look and hear some music, others were on a mission.
``We're looking for some earrings for our daughter's birthday,'' said Karl Schorno, a chemist from Shawnee.
His wife, Karen, was setting the pace for their visit.
``She's the one who's looking for things,'' he said.
Others said the event was an excuse to get out and enjoy temperatures in the low 70s with partly cloudy skies.
``We're procrastinating studying,'' said Chris Raymond, a 26-year-old Kansas University student.
``It's just a great day to get out.''
Artist Eva Bowerman, 25, Lawrence, said it was her first year to sell collage cards and photographs.
``I've been selling them at the Merc (the Community Mercantile) ... but I wanted to expose my art to a wider audience,'' she said.
At a booth run by the Lawrence Arts Center, about 250 children stopped by to make ``art masks'' out of sticks, paper plates and other materials.
``Lawrence is lucky to have such a large number of artists,'' said Ellen Williams, education director for the arts center.
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