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Thousands attend annual Mandarin Arts Festival

Festival held every Easter weekend since 1968

Thousands attended the annual Mandarin Arts Festival Easter Sunday
Thousands attended the annual Mandarin Arts Festival Easter Sunday

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Thousands of people headed out to Mandarin Easter Sunday for the 49th annual Mandarin Art Festival.

With the gorgeous weather and Easter holiday in tow, people headed out to the Mandarin Community Center for the annual art festival. The arts festival has been held every Easter weekend since 1968.

“It’s been great. The weather has been the biggest factor to make sure the show is a success,” Mandarin Arts Festival chairwoman Susi Scott said.

The festival draws in both local artists and ones from around the country like Ken Decker, who came to Jacksonville from Colorado.

“This is one of the best ones,” Decker said. “Weather is usually is an issue, although today, we are really lucking out.”

But it’s not just out-of-town artists. The reigning best of show winner is Sergi Orgunov from Orange Park.

“It’s my second year here,” Orgunov said. “Pretty good show, very comfortable and cozy, (and) I’m not so far from here."

The show brought in around 4,000 people. Overall, festival officials expect around 10,000 people to come to this year’s festival.

Click here to learn more about the Mandarin Arts Festival.


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