Orange City Arts hosts annual event on Aug. 21

It’s time to celebrate the arts in Orange City.

They will be hosting their 5th annual Arts on Central on Wednesday, Aug. 21, from 5-9 p.m. in downtown Orange City.

“For us, it’s an especially great way to support local artists, encourage creativity at all ages and stages of life and partner with our awesome local businesses to bring everyone together for one last giant summer shindig,” said Lindsay Bauer, the executive director of Orange City Arts. “We shut down two blocks of Central Avenue and two blocks of cross streets and fill them up with happy people.”

The event is all about celebrating the arts in all shapes and forms so there will be plenty of opportunities to see art, do art and hear art happening during the event.

“We’ve got a few staples to the festival — the Cube, a giant 3D painting space that anyone can add their mark to is one of the most popular,” Bauer said. “We’ll also have Pockets Full of Fun puppets, local bands, jewelry making, face painting, a Hula-Hoop workshop that promises to teach absolutely anyone how to successfully spin a hoop, cookie decorating, even live ice sculpting during the evening.”

During the event, you will even be able to taste some people’s attempts to get “artsy” with hot dogs.

“A few years ago the Orange City Chamber of Commerce began pairing their annual hot dog topping contest, ‘Thanks with Franks,’ with Arts on Central. So the crowd can come out and sample ‘designer’ hot dogs prepared by our local chamber businesses and vote for their favorites,” Bauer said.

The Arts on Central event attracts crowds of about 3,000 people and Bauer says that she is looking forward to working with the event’s sponsor.

“This year we’re working in much closer collaboration with the Orange City Chamber of Commerce, our sponsors for the festival. I really do love working with our local business leaders like this,” Bauer said. “We are so often isolated off in our own specialized silos and it’s great to be able to do something together for our community. Plus, it’s one of the most popular events of the summer, and it feels like a great way to cap off a successful Onstage Orange City season.”