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TORONTO — Over the years it has been called the Toronto Arts Festival or Toronto Arts Festival, but each year it has offered a variety of arts and crafts, music and entertainment.
Now in its 43rd year and dubbed the Toronto Art Festival, the event will return Saturday and Sunday after a pandemic-enforced hiatus.
Julie Ault said she and other members of Focus in Toronto, the volunteer group behind it, have been proceeding with this year’s plans cautiously while encouraged by the enthusiasm of those who have learned from their efforts.
“We have had a lot of good feedback on this. Everyone is really happy that we have it again. said Ault, who is joined by President Brenda Cich, Treasurer Linda Beckett and Secretary Eileen Allison to lead the group.
Ault said more than 70 craft and food vendors have been booked for the event, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday along North Third, Market Streets and Main and in the city’s Gazebo Commons.
She added that there is still space available and that interested vendors can contact the group through their Facebook page at the Toronto Ohio Art Festival for more information.
Along with a variety of foods from area food trucks, festival-goers can partake of an assortment of sandwiches, desserts and other entrees served by members of Riverview United Methodist Church, Toronto High School Band Parents and the Toronto Lions Club.
Toronto Lion Jay Foster said that group will once again serve grilled chicken dinners in front of the United Methodist Church in Riverview.
Sold on a first-come, first-served basis, they cost $10 each and include the chicken, baked potato, side dish and bun, with drinks sold separately.
The club are ready to sell 100 every day and normally sell them all, Foster said.
The Toronto Historical Museum will also be open over the weekend. Along with artifacts representing various aspects of life in Gem City over the years, visitors will find tote bags containing a list of some of the many things residents enjoy living there.
The Lions will also introduce the winner of their Little Miss Lion pageant and her court during the opening ceremonies on Saturday morning, which will also include a performance by the Toronto High School Red Knights Marching Band.
Ault said uncertainty about the impact of COVID-19 this year spurred the decision not to book other musical groups, but a local disc jockey will be on hand in the Riverview United Methodist parking lot to give a its festive at the weekend.
She said vendors will also be further apart, with hand-cleaning stations available around the festival grounds, in recognition of ongoing concerns about the coronavirus.
But the Focus in Toronto group is working to maintain the spirit of years past, and that includes the Turtle Race, in which numbered toy turtles are drawn to determine the winners of the various pages.
the “race” will take place around the closing of the festival on Sunday, but the winners do not need to be present at that time.
At the Gazebo Commons, the group will also be selling odds for a 50-50 draw, draws for cash prizes of $500, $100 and $75; and hourly drawings for varying prizes offered by participating vendors at the Gazebo Commons.
Proceeds from the designs and sale of the Toronto Art Festival t-shirts will go to future community events planned by Focus in Toronto.
Ault said the group is grateful for the support of city officials and staff, including Mayor John Parker, city police who plan to be on site over the weekend, and city crews who are setting up barricades in the streets and help in other ways.
She noted that the event attracted many visitors as well as local residents and provided excellent visibility for local businesses and the city as a whole.
Ault and others behind him hope everyone embraces it as part of a gradual return to the city’s celebration of years past.