Arts Festival to highlight Evart’s busy summer

August 2, 2019

By John Raffel

Evart Downtown Development Authority president Alan Tiedt has been a busy man this summer.

“We’ve got quite a few things going on,” he said. “We’ve implemented our strategy, and through that we have a bunch of different committees we’ve kicked off. One of them is bench and bike racks downtown which is one of the things coming from a survey we said where people were saying we have to make our downtown more inviting.

“We have another committee doing way-finding signage, mainly showcasing what we have in our community. We also want to do pop-ups this year. We hope to have that up and running with a pop-up program somewhere on our Main Street. We take a vacant building and find an entrepreneur. For instance, they might do only cupcakes but they do it at the farmers’ market to sell out of their home. We let them come in at a greatly reduced cost for about three months. They can set the store up like they want. We’ll do the advertising for them. For three months, they can run a bricks and mortar store.”

There are high hopes for this program, Tiedt noted.
There’s also been increase traffic during the concert days. Concerts have been moved to daytime.

“Our farmers’ market has increased substantially,” Tiedt said. “We’ve added 100 and some people through those days. It’s been positive for us.”
There will be an arts festival on Aug. 10.

“We’ll have a band starting at 11, a band from 1 to 3 and a band from 3 to 5,” Tiedt said. “We’ll have arts and crafts and art competition.”
The fall festival is on Oct. 12.

“The whole purpose is to get people on our Main Street and get the vacant buildings built up,” Tiedt said.

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