The Arts Council prepares for the 24th annual Arts Alive Festival: Home and Garden

WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL)—It’s starting to look a lot like spring! Well sort of, and Wichita Falls Arts Council officials are gearing up to help you get your home and gardens in top shape for the spring season with their 24th annual Arts Alive: Home and Garden Festival.

This annual event is going to be a little different seeing how they are following CDC guidelines due to the pandemic, so things are going to be a little more spaced out than usual, tickets are also limited to the first 500 people.

Arts Council Development Director Kristen Shiplet says that doesn’t stop you from getting out and enjoying all the festivities they have to offer.

Do you ever spend more time in your garden than inside?

Or maybe you’re just getting your hands dirty and want to learn more about gardening? Well, you’re in luck because this weekend the 24th annual Arts Alive: Home and Garden festival kicks off.

An event on which the Wichita Falls Area Arts Council relies heavily.

“This is our biggest fundraiser, the Home and Garden Festival. Every year this is our first fundraiser to support our building, to maintain electricity, water, while being able to open and provide a warm and friendly atmosphere for our guests,” Shiplet said.

In addition to informing and educating those who want to learn more about gardening, it not only helps those looking to learn more about gardening.

Smith’s Gardentown general manager Greg Pollock said it also helps local businesses.

“I think it brings people out. I mean, we’ve been in business for 72 years and we still have people who don’t know we’re here. So every year it helps a little bit for other businesses in the area that do home renovations or things like that to get their name out there and people know who they are,” Pollock said.

Something Shiplet said is what the event is about.

“It’s a place where they can showcase their work, their new trends, people can find inspiration for their homes and gardens for this new year, especially after we’ve been home so much over the past year,” Shiplet said.

Not only will you sprout new ideas for your home and garden, but you’ll also help local businesses grow.

The Arts Alive: Home and Garden festival kicks off Friday, February 26 with a VIP event from 5:30-7:30 p.m., and tickets are $20 per person.

This weekend, you can catch several local vendors at their booths on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information on this event, click here.

We would love to see your photos from the Home and Garden Festival. Take selfies and use the hashtag #KFDXArtsAlive. Send your photos to [email protected] and they could be featured in our newsletter.

Norma D. Ross