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Alexis DeLaCruz

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Art in the Park offers a little bit of everything

Even though it is called Art in the Park, it could be called Fabulous Food in the Park or Lots of Good Entertainment in the Park or even We Have Everything in the Park.

The 31st annual Art in the Park brought artisans from across the country as well as local food vendors and bands to accompany the sea of white tents that blanketed West Lincoln Park.

Nancy Kramer, the executive director of the Steamboat Springs Arts Council, was impressed with this year’s variety of creations.

“This is the best mix and quality of artisans we’ve had yet. We really strut our stuff,” she said.

Kramer was also glad that all the bands that played were local, such as Big Pants, 2 Blue Rooster and the Afro Drum and Dance Ensemble.

“The crowds seem to be pretty average even though I think the park looks crowded,” she said.

About 130 tents have been set up for Saturday and today, displaying a wide array of items.

Including all the artisans’ booths and food vendors, Kramer thinks this was the largest Art in the Park that Steamboat has seen.

“People plan their vacations around Art in the Park,” she said.

One of Kramer’s favorite artists is Eric Leiberman of Langley, Wash. Leiberman is a glass blower and makes colorful squashes, acorns and peas in a pod.

“I really like coming to this show, and I like Steamboat,” he said.

Leiberman has been involved with Art in the Park for two years and said that this year’s show was more crowded than last year’s.

“It has been a pretty good morning,” he said.

Restaurant owner Andy Benjamin was hoping to draw some business from the Art in the Park crowd by setting his booth up next to the Greek food stand.

“Look at those guys’ lines. They’ve been like that all day,” Benjamin said.

Benjamin owns Chelsea’s in Oak Creek and was out selling all the famous appetizers that make the Chinese restaurant so popular.

“I sell a lot of egg rolls and spring rolls in Steamboat for some reason,” he said.

Benjamin has been a part of Art in the Park for two years and loves coming out to see the locals who keep Chelsea’s thriving.

“I will be coming out here as long as I own the restaurant,” he said.

In addition to the smells of Chinese food that enticed meanderers to the food area, there were barbecue, gyros, funnel cakes and turkey legs for sale.

“The lemonade is refreshing. It’s not too sweet, and it’s not too sour,” part-time Steamboat resident Annlee Landman said.

“There is a lot of talent here today, and this is such a great event,” she said.

Landman was taking a few minutes to relax in the shade with her friend Deborah Nykyforuk from Vancouver, Canada.

“This is my first visit to Colorado, and I think this is a great event. It’s very festive,” she said.

Landman said, “There is a lot more happening this year.”