Where: Tabernacle Square, Logan, Utah (between Main Street and 100 East, Center Street and 100 North)
When: Thursday June 14, noon to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday June 15 - 16, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Cost: Admission is free. Artworks and food available for purchase. Art yard costs $3.00 per child per two-hour block.
FYI: Pets are not allowed. Parking is limited, but bus service is provided. Art yard hours are noon to 6 p.m.
One of Cache Valley's favorite yearly events, the Logan Summerfest Arts Faire, is already in full swing at Tabernacle Square. The festival started Thursday, June 14 and continues through Saturday, June 16. This year Summerfest features over 130 artists, 25 food vendors, and a packed schedule of musical performers including headliners Ryan Shupe and the Rubberband, who will be playing on Saturday night.
Pictured below is a piece by this year's featured artist, Lucy Peterson Watkins. The piece depicts Summerfest itself. Look closely and you can see the stitching in the sky -- this is actually a piece of fabric art! Watkins quilts using a standard sewing machine, and also uses photography and paint to create her works. I hope to see this work in person at Summerfest!
Over 130 artists are participating this year. Mediums include oil and watercolor painting, fiber art, acrylics, sculpture, pottery, photography, jewelry and more. Summerfest is the perfect opportunity to buy unique. personal Christmas and birthday gifts for friends and family. One year I bought my mom a silk-screened print of a mother and father quail with their three baby quailings. My mother loves watching quails, and the little family looked like a quail version of her own family of three daughters. It now hangs in her stairway landing. Perfect gift! And don't forget to gift yourself. I think I'd like to look for a pair of earrings. Prices at Summerfest range from very affordable $5 items on up to works that cost in the thousands of dollars.
It looks like my husband's cousin, Joshua Bostwick, will be one of the artists exhibiting at the Faire this year. Maybe I can pick up something like this cute "Octo Pie" for the boys' room.
Summerfest also includes an Art Yard where children ages 2 - 14 can participate in creative and educational art projects. Children's Art Yard hours are from noon to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Cost is $3.00 per child per two hour block. Children under five must accompanied by a parent, authorized adult, or responsible older sibling.
No discussion of a fair (or faire, if you're fancye like that) is complete without talking about fair food. With 25 food vendors, there will be something for everyone. One item that caught my eye was Mini Donuts from Grandma's Minis. I can't resist those piping hot, melt-in-your-mouth goodies, and it's been three years since I last had some at the 2009 Cache County Fair. Watching the machine make them is mesmerizing; eating them is sugar coma inducing. Bliss!
As for savory items, I will have a hard time deciding between Spicy Korean Beef Tacos by Culinary Concepts, the Margherita Pizza from Jack's Wood Fired Pizza, a Shredded Pork BBQ Sandwich from Norma Jean's BBQ, or Kahlua Pork from Pauni Catering. I can just hear my kids begging me for a Fry Bread PB&J from Laura's Navajo Tacos, not to mention cotton candy. Anything for them as long as they keep their little mitts off my mini donuts! If none of these foods are up your alley there are still 20 more vendors I haven't mentioned! Yes, you can get a burger or chicken strips or a turkey leg.
Summerfest hours are Thursday, June 14 from noon to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday June 15, 16 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tabernacle Square is the block between Main Street and 100 East and Center Street and 100 North in Logan. Free parking and bus service are available at the CVTD Transit Center at 150 East 500 North, with buses running every ten minutes. Parking is also available in lots and neighborhoods surrounding Tabernacle Square, but please be aware of safety, signs, and restrictions.
Further details, including a list of artists, music performers, and food vendors, can be found at the Summerfest Arts Faire website.
Summerfest is just one of many wonderful yearly events in Logan and Cache Valley, but it is certainly one of the most popular ones. It's so fun to peruse the booths, run into friends and acquaintances, and enjoy the lovely early-summer weather Cache Valley is blessed with this time of year.
See you there!
P.S..: Comment and let me know your favorite fair food and any memorable fair purchases. I'd love to hear!