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CARY, NC – The very first Lazy Daze was organized in 1976 by Cary artist Jerry Miller. Miller had been traveling around to other local street fairs and thought Cary should have one too.
This year, the Town estimates that 50,000 people attend the 34th Annual Lazy Daze Arts & Crafts Festival on Saturday, August 28, 2010 from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. In all likelihood, Jerry will be there.
Mayor Harold Weinbrecht and the Cary Town Council, along with Cary Town Crier and Sister City representative from Markham, Ontario, Canada, John Webster, will open the regionally acclaimed, award-winning festival with a ceremony at 8:45 a.m. The festival is held rain or shine.
385 Arts & Crafts Vendors
A snapshot of vendor arts and crafts for sale is available online, allowing attendees to plan their shopping strategy. In addition to the 385 arts and crafts vendors, this year’s Lazy Daze festival will host numerous unique events throughout the day. Be sure to check out:
• Beringer Vineyard’s Great Steak Challenge Regional Semifinals – ten grillmasters will fix their steak recipe and pair it with a Beringer wine for local chef judges. The winner will travel to Napa Valley for the National Championship, which will air on the Cooking Network.
• World’s Largest Doll – help craftsman Jason Lynch, owner of E.G. Bear Company in West Virginia create the world’s largest doll at over 20 feet tall and 20 feet long. Guests can help stuff the doll. If successful, the feat will be listed in the Guinness Book of World Records.
• One, two, three, four- come and buy your locker door! Own of piece of Old Cary High and Elementary School with the chance to purchase a locker door. The building is currently being renovated to become Cary’s newest community arts center, set to open late Spring 2011.
• Returning events include: Kid’s World, a children’s arts activity center; Our Town, a space for Cary residents to learn about the numerous services provided by the Town of Cary and ways to get involved; Cultural Arts Row, an area featuring local non-profit arts organizations; and the Sister Cities Association Beer Garden, a refreshing place to sample domestic and imported beers, food and entertainment. Lazy Daze merchandise items will be available for purchase, including a special Commemorative Poster 10-pack, a collection of posters from the last 10 Lazy Daze Festivals, for only $20.
The easiest way to get to Lazy Daze is to take one of the free shuttles that will run from Cary Towne Center at Sears to Cary Elementary School. Shuttles will run every 15 minutes beginning at 8:30 a.m., and the last bus leaves Cary Elementary at 5:30 p.m.
Limited parking is available at the Cary Town Hall Parking Deck, next to the Herbert C. Young Community Center and across from Cary Town Hall. Handicapped parking is available at Cary Town Hall near the railroad tracks, at the First United Methodist Church on S. Academy Street, and at the Cary Elementary School on Kildaire Farm Road.
For the safety of all attendees, pets are not allowed in the festival area.
“Each year, Lazy Daze presents visual and performing arts of extraordinary caliber to a wide audience from the Triangle area and beyond,” said Joy Ennis, Town of Cary Festival Coordinator. “Explore the talents of vendors from across the country and learn how to get involved with cultural arts and community programs here in your own backyard.” Ennis added that citizens wanting to get involved with the festival could call (919) 462-3862 for a list of available volunteer opportunities.
Proceeds from the festival help fund the Lazy Daze grant program, which returns money into the Cary community in the form of grants to local non-profit arts organizations— approximately $475,000 over the last 33 years.
For more information, including the complete entertainment schedule, vendor map and concession offerings, visit Lazy Daze Arts & Crafts Festival at www.townofcary.org.