LAUREL HILL Laurel Hill Presbyterian Church seeks artists for an upcoming community arts festival.

LAUREL HILL Laurel Hill Presbyterian Church seeks artists for an upcoming community arts festival.

The Laurel Hill Spring Arts Festival will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 13 at the church on 8115 4th St.

"This is going to be a chance for local artists to strut their stuff, whether it be musical or visual arts," the Rev. Mark Broadhead, the church's pastor, has said. "It's going to be free to everybody involved."

The festival's name alone indicates a change; previous festivals occurred in October.

"We decided to move it because there was too much going on in October," Broadhead said, adding other church fall festivals were scheduled around the same time.

"Hopefully, the spring weather will bring more people out," he said.

The Crestview and Laurel Hill Presbyterian churches, which Broadhead preaches at, have presented the event for three years.

"When we first started doing this, we had around 50 to 60 people," he said. "The last time we had it, there was around 100 in attendance."

The festival features art, of course.

"We have had a good variety of different things," church member Tracey Ann Curenton said. "We've had painters, wood carvers and photographers in the past."

The festival also features various musicians.

"The last festival (in 2011) had five musical performers," Broadhead said. "One of which was a bagpipe band ... who actually gave the history of the bagpipes, which was interesting."

Other performers have included an electronic orchestra from Northwest Florida State College and area church choirs.

Refreshments and other concessions are expected to be available along with a bake sale.

The bake sale's proceeds will help pay for clothing and feeding the area's less fortunate residents, Broadhead said.

There is no cost for artists to set up their displays, but the church requests a $5 deposit for those needing an electrical outlet.

Attention, vendors

Are you interested in displaying or selling your family-friendly art at the Laurel Hill Spring Arts Festival?

Call the First Presbyterian Church of Crestview, 682-2835, for details.

Want to go?

 The Laurel Hill Spring Arts Festival is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 13 at Laurel Hill Presbyterian Church, 8115 4th Street.

Contact News Bulletin Staff Writer Matthew Brown at 850-682-6524 or Follow him on Twitter @cnbMatthew.