Dadeville will launch a new art festival next month in Pennington Park with an array of arts activities for kids and unique works of art available for sale in the first ever Everything’s Art in the Park, said event coordinator Rick Hidding.

“We’re very focused on the art, and this is more of an art show,” Hidding explained. “It’s not a family hour or a children’s show, but there will be a children’s corner with some fun and interesting art activities for the kids.”

Ferst Readers will host origami demonstrations and hands-on paper folding for children, as one of the activities at the Aug. 15 event, Hidding said.

“We also have an artist that ran the art department for schools in New Orleans who will be doing print making with four different forms – inking up the forms and putting the paper down and rolling it to make the print. We’ll also have someone from Auburn that will do cookie decorations. These look fantastic. They are little works of art. The cookies will be two for $1,” he said.

Admission to the show and many of the activities will be free. Ferst Readers will accept donations to the program that puts books in the hands of children ages 0 to 5 years.

Hidding said there will be intriguing exhibits and works for sale for adults as well, including two woodworking artists.

“One of these guys makes kitchen utensils and serving pieces that are really impressive,” Hidding said. “There’s a yarn artist, too. This will be her first show. She’s been doing it for years, but this is the first time she will be showing. It’s interesting. Some of it is woven.”

A variety of painters will take part, displaying everything from acrylic to watercolor, Hidding said.

“We’ve also got a guy who carves golf balls. College logos, pets, faces – all kinds of things,” he added.

Four food trucks at the event will offer hot dogs, hamburgers, barbecue, waffle chicken sandwiches and tacos. O Town Ice Cream also will be there, he said.

The event will open at 10 a.m. with arts activities until 4 p.m. At 5 p.m. a concert in the park will begin, and there will be music until 7 p.m. with Tina Marie Hosey singing Patsy Cline hits.

Booths will be set up about 20 feet apart for social distancing, and most booths will be in the shade, as the park features a large pecan grove. Dadeville Police officers will set up a traffic plan, and there will be security on site from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The local fire department also will be present.

Food truck spots and booth rentals are available for $30, Hidding said. Artists should be prepared to submit photographs prior to acceptance for the show. Interested exhibitors should contact Hidding at or call him at 256-307-2224.