Arts, crafts and entertainment are all part of the new Sugar Show coming to Alva – Pratt Tribune

By Valarie Case Nescatunga Arts and Humanities Council [email protected]

A full day of arts, crafts and entertainment is planned for the town square in Alva, Oklahoma on Saturday, June 4.

The 51st Nescatunga Arts Festival will kick off the day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., followed by the Salt Fork June Jam which will take place at the closing of the arts festival until 9 p.m.

Registration for the arts festival is open to artists and artisans, and a form can be found online at The deadline for early bird registration is May 20. Booth space for fine arts or crafts is $25 for the first space and $15 for each additional space. Booth space charges will double after this date.

Fine art categories include oil/acrylic, watercolour, pastels, mixed media, graphics/pen and ink/pencil, printing, photography, pottery, sculpture (wood, metal, mineral), textile arts such as quilting/weaving/basketry and designer. arts and jewelry. Book authors are also welcome.

Craft categories include wooden toys/furniture, ceramics/glass, clothing, stuffed animals, decorative items, jewelry, artisan foods, repurposed items, homewares/accessories and other items.

Fine performers are only eligible for one prize money and ribbons in each category. Prizes will include a Best of Show prize of $200; first place $150; second place $100; and third place $75. The festival judge may award any place to an entry based on merit, and if, in the judge’s opinion, none of the entries in a category meet the standards of excellence, no prize will be awarded.

High school and college student artwork will be judged for a possible first place and a $25 prize. No registration fees are charged to students.

All works must be those of the exhibitor and artists must be present for works to be judged.

Artists and artisans must provide their own exhibition set-up, tables, chairs, etc. All booths will be set up on the north side of the courthouse lawn. Arts festival organizers ask that booths remain in place until 3 p.m., but are welcome to remain all evening during the June Jam.

Food stalls help fund the festival and scholarships

Rather than having a variety of food stalls on the festival lawn, this year a breakfast-themed stall will be offered and begin serving at 8 a.m. in the square.

The gourmet food kiosk serving baked goods from several volunteers will be back as this kiosk is one of the committee’s biggest fundraisers. Local bakers who would like to donate a bakery item to the booth should contact Nicki Chaffee at (580) 430-5450.

These food stalls help the organization fund scholarships for local arts students each year, as well as fund the Arts Festival, Sugar Show, First Friday Art Walk at Runnymede and others. activities.

Family activities Several family activities will also be available in the town center square during the day. Available will be face painting by CAKE FACE Face Painting, an inflatable obstacle course, train rides, Port-A-Petting with Bradt’s Menagerie, oversized Jenga sets, and multiple cornhole sets.

Courthouse Quilt Show

Family fun activities

The annual Quilt Show will be held at the Woods County Courthouse in the Town Center Square on the same day. Anyone interested in exhibiting a quilt should contact Rose Mary McFall at (580) 829-3011 by May 20.

Sugar Show is a new attraction

A new arts festival attraction this year is a Sugar Show competition for food artists to create decorated cakes, cookies and cupcakes. Decorated cakes must have at least two tiers, and a dozen decorated cookies and cupcakes must be created.

There will be three divisions: Professional, which can enter with inedible “dummy” cakes; and budding artists and students, who will showcase edible items.

Entries will be judged on six criteria: overall appearance, number of techniques used, accuracy, originality of design, and level of difficulty.

There will be a first prize in each category, as well as an audience prize. The entry fee for this contest is $10 per category or free for students. The prize will be $50 for first place in each category for Professionals and Aspiring Artists, or $10 for first place for Students.

Questions regarding the Sugar Show should be directed to April Ridgway at (580) 917-0101 or [email protected]

Animations being programmed

Naicee (Gugelmeyer) Sutter has several performers scheduled for the day, including:

The Vintage Wildflowers, an Irish and Celtic trio that features many different instruments and vibrant harmony vocals from Tulsa, plus the Cheyenne Tribal Dancers and Borderline Bluegrass. Local favorites include Nick and Cara Bradt, Fred Riggins, Miss Kim’s Dance Studio, Drew Faulkner, Angie May and Emma Cline.

Event Questions

For more information about the arts festival, contact the Alva Chamber of Commerce at (580) 327-1647 or email the festival committee at [email protected] Further information is also available on the website or by visiting the festival’s Facebook page at

Questions regarding the June Jam should be directed to the Graceful Arts Gallery and Studio at (580) 327-2787 or [email protected]

The Nescatunga Arts Festival is sponsored by the Nescatunga Arts and Humanities Council, Inc., in cooperation with the Alva Chamber of Commerce and the Alva City Tourism Committee.

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