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Lee Chamber seeks festival sponsors

Lee County’s Under the Oaks Art Fest showcases the talents of local members in art, photography and musical performances, and provides an opportunity to interact with fellow members of the community. The community arts festival runs from March 8-10.

Lee County’s Under the Oaks Art Fest showcases the talents of local members in art, photography and musical performances, and provides an opportunity to interact with fellow members of the community. The community arts festival runs from March 8-10.

LEESBURG, Ga. -- Officials with the Lee County Chamber of Commerce are looking for sponsors to help with the chamber's annual community arts festival March 8-10, which will culminate March 10 with the Under the Oaks Art Fest.

Sponsorships, which range from $250 to $1,000, will allow the chamber to continue to add to the growing event in its fifth year. Sponsors' names will be included on various flyers, posters and programs associated with the festival. Sponsors are also being sought at a $100 rate for arts and crafts booths that will be a huge part of the festival.

"We're looking for sponsorships so that we can do more with the festival, but we're also trying to get the word out so that we'll have more students participating in the Under the Oaks activities on Saturday," chamber Director of Operations Lesley Barbosa said Monday. "We don't have a parade to draw people to the festival, but we aim to get the same kind of participation we get at our Christmas festival."

The arts festival includes a juried art show and an artists' reception for serious area artists. The "adult" part of the weekend festivities includes a Business After Hours celebration in the Opal Cannon Auditorium at the T. Page Tharp Governmental Building March 8, during which artists' works will be displayed. Following a reception for the artists, competition winners will be announced.

Artwork will be on display in the government center on Friday, while Saturday has been set aside for the youngsters. Events include a sidewalk chalk art contest, sponsored by the Lee County Library, and from 20 to 25 arts and crafts booths at which participants may learn new artistic skills.

"The kids who participate will purchase a punch card, which will allow them to visit each both once," Barbosa said. "There will be activities like bookmark making, drawing, fingerpainting ... all kinds of artistic activities."

Students from local schools will provide music and other entertainment during the festival, which is expected to draw as many as 300 youngsters.

Persons or companies interested in sponsoring activities during the festival, or others seeking additional information, may contact Barbosa by calling the chamber at (229) 759-2422. Information is also available on the chamber's website at www.leechamber.net.