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Lanesboro celebrates Father's Day Art Fest

LANESBORO, Minn. (FOX 47) -- Hundreds enjoyed the holiday by hitting downtown Lanesboro for the "Art in the Park" Father's Day festival Sunday.

For the 34th year, people across the region flocked to Sylvan Park for a variety of entertainment from artwork, to goats--there was something for everyone.

With the sun beating down over Lanesboro on Father's Day, crowds packed Sylvan Park to experience the sights,sounds, smells and tastes of Art in the Park.

The pie sales make up a huge fraction of the donations that go towards the Lanesboro Arts Center, and a lot goes into the preparation to bake 180 pies in one day.

"It's like an assembly line, seriously," says Lanesboro Art Center Board secretary, Bonnie Handsmacher. "I don't know how many ovens she even has at her house. It's just a log home they have on a hill just outside of town."

The festival is more than just a haven for those with a sweet tooth.  More than 100 art vendors set up shop in a circle around the park.

"We have the venues that we have we can serve up good entertainment and visual arts," says Handsmacher. "We have a great art center downtown, so the combination of that is a draw for artists to want to come."

For those with dad who didn't go out and buy a last minute tie for Father's Day, look no further than the "Make a Tie for Dad" booth, a festival favorite.

However, everyone has their own reason for coming to the park.

"I think the entertainment and having the family come down and be a part of this," says Dick Haight, Lanesboro Art Center Board President.

"Well, I've gotten one of these ties every year," says Bill Haight, as he holds up his son's hand-made paper tie. "They love making these and pie and ice cream."

The petting zoo also pleases the crowd. Ponies, calves, kittens and geese all basked in the sun while curious onlookers feasted their eyes on some furry friends. Nevertheless, at the end of the day, it's all about family.

"We come very year," says Amanda Kolb of Rochester. "It's like a big Father's Day thing. So, usually we have the whole family and all of our grandparents and we picnic and then do this. It's just really nice."

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