"That is just going to be a great day," said Mary Yeaple, a YorkFest Fine Arts Festival promoter. "People can come down and spend all day in York and still not do all that there is to see and do."
Yeaple said the third annual Pennsylvania Cigar Box Guitar Festival, which is also taking place Saturday. She said the events are trying to build off each other.
Both events want to avoid rain. The second day of last year's YorkFest was canceled because of the downpours from Hurricane Irene.
This year's festival will again include the chalk walk, the festival marketplace,
entertainment stages and a juried art exhibit.
It will also include some new events, such as activities hosted by YorKitchen and a documentary hosted at the Agricultural and Industrial Museum.
The opening reception and awards ceremony is 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at YorkArts, 10 N. Beaver St.
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Events and exhibits
The events and exhibits at this year's YorkFest Fine Arts Festival include:
Chalk art - YorkArts will feature colorful chalk murals by local high school students and adults. Walk along along Market Street between Pershing and Beaver streets on Saturday to see the art.
Poetry tent - Poets from York, Baltimore, Harrisburg, Lancaster, Wilkes-Barre, Harveys Lake and Connecticut will read at the Poetry Spoken Here tent by the Codorus Creek.
Historical perspective - York County Heritage Trust plans several activities in and around the Colonial Courthouse Complex, including the Murals of York tour.
Cooking fun - YorKitchen's Rojahn Performance Kitchen at Central Market will host an arts- and food-related craft activity for kids of all ages, beginning at
10 a.m. Saturday.
Parade on the water - Historic Codorus Creek Boat Parade by the Stewards of the Lower Susquehanna will launch at 2 p.m. Saturday from Bantz Park.
Community art - Visit the first block of North Beaver Street to participate in several hands-on community art projects for all ages.
Puppets -Puppen Meister Productions will present marionette shows, carnival games, and spin art activities throughout the weekend in the first block of North Beaver Street.
Documentary premiere - "A Day in the Sun," a film about York's artist homestead program and the growing art scene, will have its world premiere at 9 p.m. in the Agricultural and Industrial Museum, 217 W. Princess St. The movie will be shown hourly from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.
Local stores - Merchants along the first block of North Beaver Street will be celebrating Yorkfest all weekend by showcasing select artists whose creations are carried in their shops. Artists will be displaying works and demonstrating techniques in a variety of mediums in front of several