Thousands attend 40th annual Woodland Art Fair in Lexington

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - More than 200 art vendors from all over the country are in Lexington for one of the largest events of the summer; the 40th annual Woodland Art Fair.

Organizers say more than 25% of all vendors are local to Kentucky.

"Lexington is a really remarkable community in the fact that the arts are supported in a very broad and really impressive way," Lexington Art League executive director Stephanie Harris said.

Harris expects a record crowd of more than 75,000 people at Woodland Park the next two days.

For some vendors, it's the first time at the fair and in the Bluegrass state.

"I think the people are great," artist Jason Lydic said. Lydic's company "The Nature of Metal" is based out of Ashville, North Carolina. "I think all of the other artists have been very nice and very welcoming towards being here in Lexington."

Some fair-goers say attending the Woodland Art Fair is an annual tradition.

"I definitely put it on the calendar," Scott Perry of Lexington said. "I make plans to attend either the Saturday or the Sunday (every year)."

While organizers expect the fair to continue to grow, some still remember the first year of the fair 40 years ago.

"There weren't as many vendors or anything like that," 93-year-old Alice Hanley said. "Now it's really big!"

The Woodland Art Fair continues Sunday from 10:00 to 5:00 and admission is free.

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