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Gering Arts Festival

June 14, 2010

Stupid cold rain. It made the Saturday Gering Arts Festival less fun.

When I arrived at Legion Park, I was a little disheartened. Looked like the weather was keeping some people (and possibly several vendors?) away.

But it was still an entertaining couple of hours.

I finally got a chance to see Los Guadalupanos, a local Mexican dance troupe that apparently dates back at least to the 1940s.

First, the little kids perform. They had nice costumes, but they just kinda tapped around a little bit and looked cute.

They had to go change out of their costumes pretty quickly. I guess rain and velvet with sequins don’t mix well.

Next, the older students took the stage. Now, that’s more like it! Lots of motion and color! I imagine the girls were having a harder time with wet skirt hems.

The guys were rather boring to watch (sorry, guys). They mostly hid behind their hats, and every once in awhile gave a nice kick.

The girls, on the other hand . . . what fantastic, whirling colors!

¡Me encanta el movimiento de los vestidos coloridos!

There was much more than dancing . . .

There was “hair sculpting” by Roots Salon. They took ordinary-looking bystanders.

And made them look like runway freaks. I think that would be kinda fun to do with girlfriends sometime, before going out somewhere.

While the hair sculpting was going on, little kids were enchanted or terrified, depending on their personality, by a giant, floppy blue dog named Bruiser. I’m really bummed I missed the puppeteer’s all-ages stage show at 3pm. I bet it was really cool. But probably really wet. I think it started pouring just about the time he went on stage. It’s really too bad the park doesn’t have a covered stage.

The rain wasn’t too kind to the sidewalk chalk art contest, especially when everyone was walking on the art to avoid the wet grass.

But the artists persevered!

And what arts festival would be complete without a juggling guy in a suit with balloons on his head?

And you know what? I’m doing a post about an arts festival, and I don’t have a single picture of the visual artists! *facepalm*

The North Platte Valley Artist Guild was well represented. There were several painters whose work I liked a lot, including Jennifer Berge of Steepy Mountain Arts. I just loved her series of paintings of mechanical objects.

And there were a few artists I didn’t appreciate as much.

One particularly unorthodox participant in the festival was the tattoo parlor featuring an advertising sign with . . . ahem . . . titillating . . . images of women that was very popular with the pre-teen male attendees.

To each their own, I guess?

All I can say is that the festival was a lot of fun, and it deserves some better weather next year!

Copyright 2010 by Katie Bradshaw

2 Comments leave one →
  1. June 14, 2010 8:41 pm

    Jennifer is a very nice person too!

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