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The Great American Arts Fair slated for July 14 and 15

July 11, 2018

Press Release
For Immediate Release
July 11, 2018
The Great American Arts Fair slated for July 14 and 15
The Tyler Parks and Rec Department will host their ninth annual summer event at the Harvey Convention Center, 2000 W. Front St. This annual event was formally known as the Christmas in July Art Fair but has been renamed to the Great American Arts Fair to include new activities such as an indoor Kid’s Zone with bounce houses, a free craft project to take home and storytelling. Craft demonstrations, live entertainment and food trucks (including Weinerland and Say Cheese). The event will take place on Saturday, July 14 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday, July 15 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Parks Department is still taking vendor applications for items handmade and created by the vendor, authors of booths and food creations. This includes metal, wood, sewing, quilting, candles, bath and body products, jewelry, fine art, creative art, mixed media, sauces, food mixes, bake items and so much more.  Authors, crafters or artists can apply today by contacting Debbie Isham at
Live entertainment includes:
Saturday, July 14
10 a.m. Tyler Senior Center Line Dancers and Cloggers
11 a.m. Rambling Roses Square Dancers
Featured entertainers begin at 12:30 p.m.: Mikayla Griffin, a 17 year old singer songwriter from Cleburne, Texas with a voice that is as smooth as velvet. Mikayla plays guitar, banjo, ukulele and harmonica.  She has two albums and a dozen music videos. 2:30 p.m. 2nd Childhood, a two man rock band made up of Scotty G on vocals, piano, guitar, bass and Tim Letsch on vocals, piano and drums.
Sunday, July 15
12 p.m. Brandon Bamburg, a U.S. Navy veteran, is a traditional and outlaw country singer who has performed many shows in North Texas.
3 p.m. Shake, Rattle & Roll, a national and locally recognized 50's & 60's Tribute Show Group will make you stop, drop and roll with laughter as they take you back to a time of innocence with their beautiful harmony, choreographed moves, comedy and hula hooping skills.
Displays and demonstrations include hand sewn and machine sewn patriotic quilts made by the Christian Quilt Guild. The quilters will also be sewing throughout both days of the event.
The Carter Blood Bank will be there on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. giving away patriotic t-shirts to those who give blood.
Admission is $2 and donations will be accepted to be included in our door prize drawings for goody baskets filled with items from the vendors.  All veterans, active duty and first responders get in free with ID!
For more information or to participate call Debbie Isham at (903) 531-1214.
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About the Tyler Parks and Recreation
The Parks and Recreation Department provides oversight for the City’s open spaces, athletic complexes and recreation ally oriented programs for the use of all citizens. Staff members diligently maintain a proactive maintenance program for over 26 park areas including oversight of maintenance activities on 23 playgrounds, traffic islands and medians, landscaping at City buildings and cemeteries and the downtown square. They also provide for the propagation of seasonal and perennial plant materials utilized in the Parks beautification programs, as well as the maintenance of over worth of trees in the Parks system. The mission of the Tyler Parks and Recreation Department is to improve the quality of life for our citizens and guests by providing superior parks, cemeteries, recreational and tourism opportunities. Our vision is to provide residents and visitors with attractive outdoor spaces that are well maintained while continuing to be fiscally responsible. Learn more at

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