The sounds of beating drums and whistling flutes echoed through the air on Saturday morning at Blue River Memorial Park.
With parents towing their completed art projects, the kids jumped from activity to activity during the ninth annual Arts In the Park event.
After two years, the free event returned and drew a large crowd to the local park. Local children had the opportunity to try their hand at various art projects, from building a flute under the direction of Joel DeLashmitt to origami and various crafts.
They were fortunate enough to create a painting under the direction of Hendricks Elementary School teacher Dawn Adams, who showed them how to paint a patriotic scene in memory of the victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack.
Indeed, patriotism was the theme of the day.
A new activity allowed children to color stars with chalk. Rhonda Schwegman drew a waving American flag with an eagle at the bottom, her first attempt using chalk.
There were also demonstrations, including Tae Kwon Do, and a presentation by puppeteers Jim and Bonnie Scott. Children’s author LC Young was also present and the children were able to bring home balloons.
The Shelby County Arts Fest hosted the ninth annual Arts In the Park event.
The group plans to host the second annual introductory arts event next month for newcomers. It will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on October 16 at Echo Effect, 102 E. Washington St., Shelbyville.