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Bears congregate at Art in the Park this Saturday

The bears will be on display. Go check out all  your faves this Saturday at Rotary Park in Cranbrook. - Barry Coulter photo
The bears will be on display. Go check out all your faves this Saturday at Rotary Park in Cranbrook.
— image credit: Barry Coulter photo

Normally, bears aren't welcome at a picnic.

However, that won't apply on Saturday for a Teddy Bear Picnic at Rotary Park, which is the second annual instalment of Art in the Park from 11 a.m to 2 p.m.

The Cranbrook and District Arts Council has been selling teddy bears as a fundraiser for the last few months, and now the time has come to dress them up for judging.

Awards will be handed out to the most creatively-dressed bears in categories of 14 years and up (individuals and groups), 14 years and younger (individuals and groups) and the best business.

Cranbrook businesses have also participated in a teddy bear hide and seek, displaying furry characters for discovery. Clues were available at the arts council gallery and prizes will also be awarded for completed lists.

"There will a winner announced for the hide and seek, there will be winners announced for the best-dressed bears," said Jenny Humphrey, who is an organizer for the event.

Running concurrently to the Teddy Bear Picnic will be other events, such as live music from Leather Britches featuring Angus McDonald, Rod Wilson and Will Nicholson.  Maddie Keiver and Doug Mitchell will also be on hand for musical performances.

"We'll all get a chance to sing Teddy Bear Picnic, no doubt," laughed Humphrey.

The kids will have access to face-painting, and there will also be henna demonstrations, a form of body art that uses henna dye for temporary tattoos.

Just down the street from the park at the art gallery will be a twice-loved art sale.

"We'll have all sorts of things," said Humphrey. "We've got numerous frames, some arts supplies and twice-loved art, so lots of paintings, prints and things that haven't sold during the year, or prints and paintings that people have donated to us to sell."

Proceeds raised will go towards an arts council project fund.

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