Greene County News
CLIFTON — The Village of Clifton will be transformed into an artist dream over the weekend as it hosts the Clifton Gorge Music and Arts Festival.
The festival will offer live performances from local musicians, chainsaw carving demonstrations, contests, children activities, guided hikes, vendors, a beer tent and a variety of eats.
Vendors open 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26 until 11 p.m. and will re-open 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, offering a variety of items for sale. The beer tent will open 5 p.m. Friday, and 11 a.m. Saturday and will take place State Route 343 and Clay Street in Clifton.
The kids activity area, offering ongoing entertainment options, will offer face painting, coloring and crafts, a reading area and bean bags, lawn bowling, hula hoops, putting green, jump ropes, contests and more. Attendees are also invited to the shoe box theatre, located within the old Clifton School Building, as it will host an ice cream social.
The singer/songwriter contest is new to the festival this year, in which Dungin Studios will select the top 10 artists to perform live and the audience will select the first, second and third place winners. It will take place 5-6 p.m. and again 8-9 p.m. Friday. It will continue 6-7 p.m. Saturday.
The chainsaw carving demonstrations will take place 5 and 8 p.m. Friday, and will continue 1-1:30, 3:30-3:45, 4:45-5 and 6 p.m. Saturday.
Fire House Friends will first take the stage 4-5 p.m. Friday, followed by Eric Jeradi from 6-8 p.m., then Todd the Fox from 9-11 p.m.
Zane, a local artist from Cedarville will start the performances from 10-11 a.m. Saturday, followed by Cutting Class 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., Ty Cooper from 12-1 p.m., Kyle Elderidge and the Rhythm Rounders from 1:30-3:30 p.m., then 91 Charlie from 3:45-4:45 p.m. Allen Long and Friends will continue the performances from 5-6 p.m. Travis Williams Band will take the stage 7-9 p.m., then Soul Fire Tribe (fire dancers) from 9-9:30 p.m. and Controversy for Breakfast will wrap up the performances 9:30-11 p.m.
Saturday will offer a guided tour of the Narrows Trail and section of the Gorge Trail from 10-11:30 a.m.; attendees should bring water and comfortable shoes and should meet in the parking lot on Jackson Street in the village at 10 a.m.
The festival will also offer a cruise-in and pin-up contest, offering pin-up girls on site and the opportunity for anything with wheels to participate in a car show.