Picasso Doesn’t Live Here Arts and Craft Fair announces musical lineup

The organizers of the Picasso Doesn’t Live Here Craft Fair announced the musical performances for the event, featuring numerous local artists.The event will be divided among two stages, one by Broad Street and the other on 1st Street. On the Broad Street stage, fairgoers can enjoy Grove, Kat & Zeb, Sleepy Eyed Fox, West Fifth, From the Hollow, tenShades, and Above.

Performing on the 1st Street Stage will be Jen Richardson with Mary Summerlin, Captain Henry, Jacob Walker, and Kyle Buckner. Before and after the scheduled musicians, open mic sessions will be available.

“We made every effort to bring in local artists for the event,” Event Organizer Brooke Byars said. “We wanted a local feel for the fair from the vendors to the music.”

“If the weather holds, Oct. 16th will provide grassroots grooves of gorgeous generosity on Cookietown’s wondrous Westside,” Andy Smith, Tech English teacher and music organizer for the event, said. “This lineup illuminates local love at its loveliest.

“The 1st and Cedar area is the Haight and Ashbury of the Upper Cumberland and this show will prove it.”

Taking place on Oct. 16, the craft fair offers a unique experience in downtown Cookeville. With vendors open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and music going from noon until 8 p.m., everyone can find something to enjoy. Vendor offerings vary from crafted home furnishings to fine artwork and everything in between.

“There will be an array of local artists, and you will be able to find just about anything here,” Byars added.

In addition to giving the spotlight to local artists and musicians, the craft fair is also supporting the Rails-to-Trails charity through a silent auction. Rails-to-Trails is a nonprofit organization that works to create a network of walking trails throughout the country out of old rail lines.

In addition, the Animal Adoption & Rescue Foundation will be setting up an adoption center with dogs and cats.

Local restaurants will have food available during the event, including a beer garden.

People interested in being a vendor have until the end of today to turn in an application. For more information, check out the Picasso Doesn’t Live Here Arts and Crafts Fair Facebook group.