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Paradise City Arts Festival celebrates 21 years

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NORTHAMPTON, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

The Paradise City Arts Festival celebrated 21 years this weekend. 

"You're going to see things that you'll never see anywhere else," said Linda Post, Director of Paradise City Arts Festival. 

Whether you're a creative shopper, an art lover, or an artist yourself, there's a little something for everyone at the Paradise City Arts Festival. 

"I started working with steel as an 8th grader in a school in Texas," said Vicente Garcia. "So, I was 12 or 13 years old old."

Though most of the vendors come back year after year, some are new to the scene. 

"About 20% of the vendors here are people that have never been here before which is quite a big percentage. Of the ones that have been here before, a lot of them are here with new works," said Post. 

There are 260 artists from all over the country.

"We have artists here from from 30 states," said Post. "Some of them stick around for a while. Especially the ones that don't get the beautiful foliage."

Their stay is welcomed by many local businesses. 

"I think the whole town benefited. There's a lot more traffic this weekend. Then we've had in the past few weeks and it's holiday weekend also," said Jason Dinelle of Faces. 

Dinelle is one of many firing up their stove and getting ready for another day of arts, food and fun.

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