KENT, Wash. —June 14, 2006—Beginning this year, the City of Kent joins the Kent Lions Club in producing Kent Cornucopia Days. The Kent Arts Commission and Kent Parks, Recreation and Community Services will bring main stage entertainment, a children’s area, a fine crafts market, a juried fine art exhibit and poetry readings to this popular event. “Adding arts and multicultural elements will enhance the existing festivities and solidify Cornucopia Days as a destination event for Kent residents and visitors,” says Ronda Billerbeck, City of Kent Cultural Programs Manager. Cornucopia Days takes place in downtown Kent, Thursday, July 13 through Sunday July 16 (Thurs, 3 p.m. until the closing of the carnival; Fri/Sat, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Sun, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.).

Cornucopia Days entertainment features diverse artists with performance styles that span the globe. In a nonstop lineup that lasts the entire weekend, performances will take place on two stages. The Main Stage features up and coming national artists, as well as Northwest favorites and is located in the parking lot at the Kent Library on 2nd Avenue and Harrison Street. The Children’s Stage features exciting local and regional performers that will delight the entire family. This stage is located within the heart of the Children’s Area on Temperance Street. between the AMC Theaters at Kent Station and the Sound Transit Parking Garage.

The Children’s Area is a fun and interactive destination designed especially for kids and offers an array of activities to keep the youngest festival-goers entertained and educated on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Hands-on arts and crafts projects give kids the opportunity to work with and learn from professional artists.

The Kent Station Fine Crafts Market brings a colorful, balanced and varied selection of high quality handmade crafts and artwork to the festival. The Craft Market is located at Kent Station, along Ramsay Way.

The Juried Fine Art Exhibit displays fine art by local and regional artists. The show is located on the second floor of the new Green River Community College Campus at Kent Station. The exhibit will contain anywhere from 75 to 100 two-dimensional works ranging from paintings, drawings, original prints and photography, all produced and submitted by Northwest artists.

Admission to Kent Cornucopia Days is free. Cornucopia Days is presented by Kent Parks, Recreation and Community Services, the Kent Arts Commission and the Kent Lions Club. For more information on Cornucopia Days and other cultural events, please call (253) 856-5050 or visit www.kentarts.com or www.kcdays.com.

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