High school students demonstrate the timed sketch competition on Better Mornings Atlanta
ATLANTA (CBS46) -
The 78th Atlanta Dogwood Festival is expected to draw tens of thousands of visitors to Piedmont Park for a weekend full of art and entertainment.
The Fine Artist Market will house 260 vendors from across the country showcasing a variety of pieces including sculptures, paintings, pottery, jewelry and photography.
The festival also features a variety of entertainment on two stages. The international stage showcases acts by more than 400 performers representing 20 countries.
The Kids Village features inflatables, arts and crafts and face painting, as well as a 24-foot rock-climbing wall.
Featured events include a timed sketch contest known as the Throwdown Competition, in which 12 metro-Atlanta schools send students to see who can draw the best sketch during a one-hour period of time. The Throwdown Competition is scheduled for Sunday at 1 p.m.
The Museum of Design is hosting its Great Chair Hack competition in which ten teams will take a standard chair purchased from IKEA and turn it into anything but a chair. The three-hour competition begins Saturday at 1 p.m.
New this year is a VIP event called Backyard Barbecue and Brews, featuring local craft beer makers and local restaurants. Tickets must be purchased in advance. The event is from 1-5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.
No pet dogs are allowed at large outdoor events like the Atlanta Dogwood Festival, according to an Atlanta ordinance.
Admission is free. Organizers suggest that visitors take MARTA to the Arts Center Station or Midtown Station.
The weekend forecast looks outstanding for the festival. Expect high temperatures in the upper 70s, with a sunny sky. The only issue would be the extremely high pollen counts and the potential for a light sunburn. So, pack your sunscreen and allergy medication and enjoy the event!
Thursday, March 27 2014 8:56 PM EDT2014-03-28 00:56:41 GMT
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