Participants hope for annual festival

Visitors can expect a wide range of food, crafts and demonstrations at the first Artists in Bloom Festival.

Vendors can be found along the Set and Quadrangle. On Saturday, the festival will be held on campus. From Lee Hall to the Grand Ballroom the festivities will be hard to miss.

The vendors will be selling a wide range of items from beaded jewelry, to arts and crafts, to bed quilts.

Michael Adejumo African Art Studio will have handmade arts and crafts. Adejumo’s personal works will be for sale.

“I’m looking forward to both the event and the chance to sell my stuff,” said Michael Adejumo, owner. “This is my first show in Tallahassee.

The Tallahassee Writers Association will have a demonstration booth to help new up and coming writers in hopes of getting published.

Tyrra’s Waffles-N-Cream is a local vendor, which will be bringing hand-dipped ice cream and slushies. Tyrra’s has been open since October 2002.

“Hopefully the event will turn out to be a success and become an annual event,” said Tyrra Carter, owner of Tyrra’s Waffles-N-Cream.

I am looking forward to seeing what other talents and artists have to offer.”

Some vendors like the Kula House are looking forward to being apart of the festivities on Saturday.

“I’m glad the Kula House will have a chance to be a part of the initial beginnings of the festival, and we are looking forward to it being an annual event for years to come,” said Yusufu Hakeem, owner of Kula House.

” The Kula House will be offering groceries, herbal products, incenses, oils and books,” Hakeem said.

Several festival committee members are excited about the event because it will help bring the whole community together to celebrate and have a good time.

“I’m looking forward to an evening and a day filled with artistic endeavors that provide an opportunity for the Tallahassee community and the surrounding areas to come out and partake in,” said Valencia Matthews, assistant dean of the college of Arts and Sciences and also festival director.

Since this will be the first Artist in Bloom Festival, the festival committee would like to provide memorabilia for the guests to take with them.

T-shirts and tumblers with the commemorative title and date will be $10 each. Memorabilia will be on sale at the information booth in front of Lee Hall for the entire day.

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