ClydeFEST returns to Bynum community in April

Posted 3/22/19

The 17th annual ClydeFEST is coming to the Bynum Ballpark on April 6.

Each year, the Chatham Arts Council hosts the “old school carnival” as a celebration of local folk artist Clyde Jones, …

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ClydeFEST returns to Bynum community in April

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The 17th annual ClydeFEST is coming to the Bynum Ballpark on April 6.

Each year, the Chatham Arts Council hosts the “old school carnival” as a celebration of local folk artist Clyde Jones, whose wood-carved “critters” are world-renowned.

Jones lives in an older home in Bynum, located north of Pittsboro, with vibrantly painted exterior walls, surrounded by his critters. The streets, neighbors and neighborhood carry his legacy in art whether it be critters on porches or critter signs reminding motorists to go slow.

ClydeFEST will include Jones’ “critter cut-outs, local artists, young and talented musicians, face-painting, old-fashioned carnival games, clowns, fabulous local food trucks, and of course, lots of arts and crafts projects,” according to the Arts Council.

The event draws not only residents of the Bynum community, but attendees from around the state. Each year about 2,000 people take part.

“One of the things we love most about ClydeFEST is seeing so many different parts of our Chatham community come together to celebrate creativity and art with children,” said Cheryl Chamblee, Chatham Arts Council’s executive director. “Something that started as a small, local event now draws crowds from Raleigh, Durham, and communities across the Triangle. It’s a true gem in Chatham County and we’re thrilled to host it with all of our amazing partners each year.”

The event is geared especially toward young and school-aged children. Tickets for the event can be purchased at the Chatham Arts Council website. Ticket prices vary depending on the age of the guest.

This year, Carolina Brewery will transport guests using it Sky Blue Express bus. Guests can park in the shopping center parking lot and the bus will leave on the half hour from Pittsboro from 10:30 a.m. until about 4:30 p.m.

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