Waldo flea market stages its first Art Fest this weekend


Published: Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 7:14 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 7:14 p.m.

As a little girl, Holly Kerchner had two hobbies: taking photos with her “teeny-weeny” American Girl instant camera and selling baked goods at a stand she set up on the side of the road. Ten years later, the University of Florida freshman has an undying passion for photography and a dream to set up a booth and sell prints of her photographs.

For the first time, the opportunity has presented itself.

Waldo's Farmers and Flea Market, on U.S. 301 in Waldo, is holding its first-ever Waldo Art Fest from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. Kerchner will be there on Sunday peddling her photography.

According to the market's special events intern, Courtney Hassan, 20, the market will have a stage set up for several local musicians, ranging in genre from folk to rock, to perform Saturday and Sunday in building B.

Art Fest vendors will be selling a wide variety of art, including handmade crafts and art that will be created live at the event, she said.

Mini-canvases and mini-surfboards will be available for children to paint and take home at the creation station, which will be operated by volunteers from a student-run club called Sweet Gator Bakin'.

“I love going to that flea market because you never know what you are going to find,” Gainesville resident and flea marketgoer Sharon Durbin said.

About 10,000 people typically go through the market every Saturday and Sunday, Hassan said, but this weekend they are expecting more than usual.

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