By Lin Rice
For the second year, Westerville merchants hope to fill the sidewalks of Uptown with flamingos.
The city's second annual Pink Flamingo Festival is set for May 18 and organizers are seeking additional vendors for the festivities.
The festival blends elements of a local market with artwork, according to Renee Kropat, Gallery 202 president.
"We wanted to pay homage to a really fun icon of Americana, and thought wouldn't it be fun to do a pink flamingo festival," Kropat said of the idea's inception. "Basically, it's like market days meets art project. There will be vendors and an outdoor art project."
Kropat said the outdoor art project will be one in which everyone can participate -- a sculpture will be constructed out of a basic frame and items donated by the public will be attached to the frame. The sculpture will then be donated to an as-yet-undetermined charity, Kropat said.
"The charities benefited will depend on what has been donated, on what items we've received for the statue," she said.
She added that ideal items to donate for the statue include canned goods, diapers, school supplies, crayons and toys, new socks and underwear, other personal items or cash.
The Westerville Pink Flamingo Festival will return to Uptown from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 18. Vendors can rent table space on the sidewalks along State Street. Information is available online at http://www.gallery202online.com.
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