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         “ArtsFest last year was what started the Mexia Rocks  volunteer to produce the event and also groups to sponsor
      movement,” Shivers said. “Then when Debbie Nelson got  different activities.

      involved, it really took off.”                               “This is a call for volunteers,” she said. “We will need
           The  number  of  food  vendors  will  be  significantly  all hands on deck. We need a lot of help with this event in

      increased, with food booths and at least one food truck   order for it to happen.”
      selling hot food, soft drinks, snow cones, treats and snacks.  Those who can spend a couple of hours volunteering
         Raffles and drawings will also liven the day.          their time – also groups like churches, clubs, businesses or
         Most of all, ArtsFest is a celebration of the arts, Shivers   organizations that can sponsor an event or food booth – are
      said, and all Limestone County area residents are invited   asked to email Shivers at

      to attend.                                                   Likewise, Shivers is looking for performers of all kinds.
         Last year, Mexia’s first ArtsFest took place in April and   Anyone who sings, dances or does any type of performing
      was connected to the painting of the city’s now iconic    arts, we want to include them,” she said.
      murals.  This year, ArtsFest will take place  on Mexia’s     “Art is very important  to people  and communities,”
      Homecoming weekend.                                       she said. “It brings people together in an unexpected way.
         “With the event being so popular last year,” Shivers said,   For example the murals. Having those done sparked so
      “we wanted to tie it in with something else meaningful for   much attention and conversation as people were talking
      the community.”                                           about them all the time – and they still are. Something so
                                                                beautiful can bring people together.
         Something Shivers especially needs now are people to                                        continued on page 10

        Taylor Commander, left, and Alysa Carrizales,
        lower right, work on a sidewalk mural in chalk
        at last year’s very first Mexia ArtsFest, while
        Mackenzie Commander, strums a ukulele.
        This year’s ArtsFest will be held at the Mexia
        Civic Center on Saturday, Sept. 22, the same
        weekend as Mexia’s Homecoming.
                       The Mexia News file photos
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