Artists, performers draw festival goers to Laurel Hill (VIDEO)


Clockwise: Digital portrait artist Matthew Sample captures Montavius Diamond, center, on his computer as Matt Leroy observes during Saturday’s Laurel Hill Spring Arts Festival. In the background is digital music artist Todd Tucker. Visitors read about the heritage of community institutions at a history exhibit. Laurel Hill resident Trecia Chedister chats with artist Fred Gutshall, who, with his brother Keith, produce turned wood dimension art. Crestview musician Aaron Overton performs songs from genres ranging from vintage pop to folk.

BRIAN HUGHES | News Bulletin
Published: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at 06:28 PM.

LAUREL HILL — Blue skies, a gentle breeze and balmy temperatures drew an estimated 200 people from throughout the north county and Alabama to Laurel Hill on Saturday for an afternoon of music, food and visual arts.

The bagpipes’ haunting call, heard blocks away, heralded the Laurel Hill Spring Arts Festival as Emerald Coast Pipes and Drums took to the stage. Festivalgoers strolled along the grounds of Laurel Hill Presbyterian Church, which hosted the event as part of its 115th anniversary Homecoming weekend.

<< Click "Related Media" at top left of this article to see video of Emerald Coast Pipes and Drums performing "Amazing Grace." 

As they admired art or sat beneath a large festival tent to enjoy music, students and adults from Laurel Hill School sold food and drinks. Sales benefited fifth-graders’ upcoming trip to New Orleans — which more than 30 students plan to attend — and the Hobo baseball team.


The trip costs $250 per student. Food sales brought students $141closer to their goal.

"The event may have been just enough to put those students over the edge, and now we have enough funds in their account to go on the trip," fifth-grade teacher Deborah Welsh said.

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