Creative Arts Festival draws many community residents to downtown

Downtown Benton Association's third semiannual Creative Arts Festival drew a steady stream of visitors Saturday morning.
Organizers said optimum weather conditions apparently contributed to the success of the event.
"Everyone seems to be having a good time," said coordinator Wanda Posey.
Dianne Roberts, who operates an art studio in the old Gingles store building where Books 7 Baubles now is housed, said she was pleased with the response the event was driving.
Original artwork was displayed at the event, including some created by Roberts' students.
The event featured a variety of artisans who offered boutique-style handmade clothing for children, handmade hairbows, handmade jewelry, leather crafts, cedar works, homemade jams, seasonal wreaths, birdhouses, baskets, and other crafts.
West South Street in front of Regions Bank and Books & Baubles/Gingles Gallery had been closed off to allow vendors to display their wares.
Janet Ausburn, owner of Books & Baubles, has spearheaded the festival project.
She noted that response to the annual spring festival was so great that the decision was made to add the fall event.
Children attending the festival had the opportunity to enjoy various games, including hula hoops, which organizers said always are popular attraction, particularly for young girls.
Downtown Benton sponsors numerous projects throughout the year. Another creative arts festival will be taking place in the spring, Ausburn said.