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Art fair engages kids as parents shop

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Artists are out in force selling their works on the streets of downtown Evanston this weekend at the Fountain Square Arts Festival

The event, in its 34th year, is sponsored by the Evanston Chamber of Commerce, and it includes features to interest kids — including participatory arts and crafts programs and a chance to get a temporary tattoo.

Top: First-time exhibitor Chris Jensen from Oak Creek, Wis., shows off earrings at his hand-crafted jewelry tent. Above: A young festival vistor gets a temporary tattoo.

A washboard helps a child keep time with the beat from the New Orleans musical group "Craig and the Crawdads."

“I usually get jewelry. I’ve gotten jewelry and a couple little painting things from different years,” Evanston resident Heather McComas said as she browsed the offerings with her husband, Paul, who interjected, "Sometimes people buy jewelry for you."

“Sometimes my husband buys jewelry for me. It’s been known to happen,” she responded.

No shortage of hats to choose from.

Objects for sale ranged from paintings to clothing. “Everything here is hand-made. There are no commercially made products here at all,” Chamber President Dick Peach said.

A caricature artist at work on a likeness of a fair visitor.

Today is the festival's final day. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

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