Nice weather draws crowds to Main St. Arts Festival

FORT WORTH -- Perfect weather remains on tap for the last day of the Main St. Fort Worth Arts Festival. The festival opens today at 10 a.m. and runs to 8 p.m.

"We are expecting record-breaking numbers this year," event spokeswoman Claire Bloxom said. "A lot has to do with the fantastic weather we had this weekend."

Mark Fox, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Fort Worth, said that after a cool, 52-degree start today, festivalgoers can expect weather much like Saturday, only slightly warmer with highs in the upper 70s.

"I love this weather," Malaika Sims of Irving said while relaxing in a lawn chair near the Main Stage, sipping on a mojito. "This is the perfect night. ... I'm an accountant and just got off closing for the month so I'm here to relax."

Renee Engebretson, a vendor from Hudson, Wis., in booth 709, had little time to relax with the nonstop line of people in her blown glass booth. But she wasn't complaining.

"This is the best show we have had anywhere," she said. "The economy has made things, difficult but we've really had a good show here in Fort Worth."

Engebretson and 13 other artists won Juror Awards, which give them an automatic invitation back next year.

Best of Show winner was Matthew Hatala in booth 430, whose discipline is in wood.

-- Susan McFarland

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