More than 80 local and regional artists will showcase their work at the upcoming FallFair Arts Festival.

The FallFair Arts Festival, presented by The Arts Alliance, will be celebrating its 10th anniversary Sept. 19. 

Located in the heart of Cottell Park, 5847 Irwin-Simpson Road, Deerfield Township, the FallFair will be taking place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be more than 80 local and regional artists showcasing their work in categories such as ceramics, sculpture, paintings, jewelry and more. 

“We’re celebrating our 10th anniversary,” says Meredith Raffel, founder and director of The Arts Alliance. “I brought it to the community because I didn’t feel there were enough art education programs in the area. There are a lot of talented people here and the community needs to see their work.”

Each artist will have their own tent on the lawn to display their work for the public. The FallFair is free to the public, and about 3,000-5,000 attendees come from the surrounding suburbs to browse through the various artworks. 

The artists’ tents, parking and other activities will be spread out across the 50-acre park, giving guests plenty of space to roam around the festival.

This year the Arts Alliance is collaborating with the “Bombshell Knitting Bombers” for their annual community engagement project. Both organizations will team up to “Soft Graffiti” 12 trees on the park’s property. 

“We try to do one community engagement project each year,” says Raffel. “We are having a lot of people from around the community make wishing pom-poms to hang on trees in the park during the festival.”

Strings with beads and small adornments at the ends will be hanging from the trees. The pom-poms that community members decorated will each include a wish from that person and these small adornments will be hung during the festival. 

There will also be a silent auction taking place during the fair, showcasing over 30 works of art. All of the proceeds go towards the Take pART Scholarship Initiative, which gives children the chance to go to summer art camps in the area. The goal is to help more children in the community have an art education available to them. 

“We serve all of Warren County as best we can,” says Raffel. “However, we branch out to any community in the surrounding areas that we can. In 2005 [in the camp] we started with six children and last year we served more than 205.”

This year the event will be charging $5 for parking and all of the proceeds will also be going to the Take pART Scholarship Initiative. 

The program hopes to send more than 100 children to summer art camps next summer with the help of Take pART. 

The FallFair Arts Festival will also include food, kite flying, music/live entertainment, free kids activities presented by Pop Revolution Gallery and much more.