A regional favorite, the Morehead Arts & Eats Fest, will be held Saturday, Sept. 21, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Main Street in Morehead.

It’s the ninth year for the event. Since its start in 2011, more than $109,500 has been awarded to local nonprofits.

This year’s nonprofits to share in the proceeds includes Christian Social Services, Gateway Children’s Advocacy Center, Downtown Morehead and Rowan County Arts Center.

“There are so many things I love about this festival,” said Ashley Gilliam, director of the arts center. “I love how it brings the community together for a great cause. When you are buying food you are not only raising money for the charities we have selected but you are also supporting local businesses and organizations. Same goes for arts side of the festival when you buy their items you are buying local and supporting your neighbors.”

There will be more than 40 booths on the “eats” side and more than 60 booths on the “arts” side.

Kids can enjoy activities on the lawn of the Rowan County Arts Center while adults can shop regional arts and crafts vendors. Everyone can sample treats throughout the day.

Each food booth offers small samples of food for a certain number of tickets. Each ticket costs $1. One-half of the proceeds are donated to the festival which are distributed among the local nonprofits. Most vendors donate all sales to the cause.

Throughout the day there will be performances at the four-way stop by Dynamite Twisters, Firecracker Cheerleaders, Morehead State Trombone Choir and Brass Quintet and the Rowan County Middle and Senior High School Cheerleaders, Gilliam said.

The event is sponsored by Morehead Tourism Commission, Morehead Conference Center, Downtown Morehead and the Rowan County Arts Center.

For information, contact Gilliam at 783-9857 or email rcac@moreheadtourism.com.

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