Seeking Participants – Artists, Local Farmers And People To Enjoy The Fun!

On July 26 from 1:00 to 5:00 pm The Arts Center will host this summer’s 2nd Art in the Park event–the focus–Local Arts and Foods. I’m so excited about this theme, it is near and dear to my heart. I can think of no better pairing of my most favorite things.

Over the years I’ve enjoyed visiting farmers markets while living in California and more recently I’ve enjoyed summers of Art in the Park events in nearby Gackle, ND and also here in Jamestown.  My favorite farmers markets (and likewise park events) include not only fresh, locally grown and produced foods but recipes, unique crafts and wonderful music.

Here in Jamestown we have a small, but good, farmers market.  I hope you can visit it often to enjoy healthy, fresh food and also help support our local, small farmers. In case you don’t know about the market…it occurs in the Jamestown Civic Center parking lot on Wednesday evenings starting at 5:00 pm and Saturday mornings at 9:00 am.

The event on the 26th will be more sensory, social, educational and festival-like. We plan to close the street between the Art Park and The Arts Center–food vendors, demonstration tables, artists, and organizations will be scattered throughout the park. The afternoon will culminate with the Jamestown Chamber’s Chef’s Challenge. (Contestants must create a dish from provided local ingredients.) If you want to know more about the Chef’s Challenge please contact Lisa Hicks at Jamestown  Chamber of Commerce at 701-252-4830.

If you want to participate as an artist (visual or musical), or if you want to sell your produce, canned goods or flowers you should contact me, Sally Jeppson at 701-251-2496 or email I would also like to hear from anyone willing to volunteer their help during the event.

We hope to make the event on the 26th an annual occurrence, and perhaps as the city evolves, this model of festival farmers market can become a more frequent occurrence. This year’s event is supported by Jamestown  Chamber of Commerce and Jamestown Tourism.

I hope I have something to share from my garden…right now its a bounty of baby squash and multicolored peas…July will be herbs, beans, currants, gooseberries and lots of other options. If we could only have some hot summer nights to get those wonderful ruby red, orange and yellow tomatoes, the jewels of summer, to grow big and strong.

The Culture Builds Community blog is submitted (almost) weekly by The Arts Center Gallery Manager and Art For Life Coordinator Sally Jeppson.  She would love to hear your comments here or email