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Clay Fest: a great family time and it is free

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The annual one-day street fair, Clay Fest, will be on Saturday, May 14 near 6th and F streets. Clay Fest runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. “We will have family-friendly arts fun demonstrations in the shadow of the old City Hall by artist/teacher Ray Gonzales and several other artists who will be carving and hand building clay sculpture, Camp Clay, where the young and young at heart can get their hands in clay,” said Claudia Renati, Lincoln Arts executive director. “They can also enjoy shopping with our vendors, food and so much more.” Hundreds of children and adults visit the annual Clay Fest to enjoy the free music, entertainment, hands-on activities, and browsing and shopping with local ceramic artists, according to Renati. The artists will discuss their methods with interested visitors. Those who choose to can even try their hand at a potter’s wheel right there on the street. Music will be performed by local bands throughout the day for listening and dancing. The clay-related fun includes docent-led tours of Feats of Clay, the international ceramic competition showcased in the historic Gladding, McBean terra cotta factory. There is a nominal charge for the tours and closed-toe shoes must be worn in the factory. “Artists and residents always look forward to Clay Fest,” Renati said. “We’ve been told that they love it because it is such a fun-filled atmosphere. We are happy to partner with all of the folks who work so hard to bring such a joyous event to our community.”