An art fair that builds tourism at home

SOMERSET, Ky. – In their first event of 2021, the City of Somerset and the Somerset Tourist & Convention Commission are taking the city center to Pulaski County.

The event, an outdoor market from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 27 at Suits-Us Farm, is an effort to develop tourism in the home by showcasing all that downtown has to offer to local residents. .

“We have always known that our best ambassadors are our residents,” said Leslie Ikerd, Tourism Director for the City of Somerset. “But what we’ve learned over the past year during the COVID-19 pandemic is how important it is to support the businesses, artists and musicians here at home that fuel our local economy. With this event, we are only focusing on getting the downtown core out of the city limits and promoting all we have to offer so that our residents not only visit downtown, but encourage others to l outside the county to do so as well.

The #seemyset Art Market will feature a variety of vendors – including local and regional artists selling their work, as well as several downtown boutiques and restaurants. Food trucks will be available on site and local musicians will perform acoustic sets throughout the day.

The highlight will be an auction to benefit artistic initiatives within the city. Bourbon barrel lids painted by local artists at the city’s Moonlight Festival in October will be auctioned off at the event, with all money raised going to a new #seemyset Art Fund. This fund will be available to support future art projects in the city, Ikerd said.

Somerset Tourism and Healthy Somerset will also unveil a city center mural during the market. Residents and visitors will be able to visit Somerset Tourism’s website, seesomerset.com, to see an interactive map directing them to each of the city’s sponsored downtown murals and learn more about the artists who created them – a initiative that not only promotes the city’s growing artistic presence, said Ikerd, but encourages healthy behavior.

The market is presented by Applied Behavioral Advancements. Owner Chris George, who is also chairman of the Downtown Somerset Development Corporation, said the market will provide a unique setting to build excitement for what is happening in downtown Somerset and showcase the talented artists of the community. .

“We have so many amazingly talented artists in Somerset,” said George. “Certainly we can see the murals around, certainly we all know a lot of them. But it’s not very often that we have the opportunity to come to one place and see all the diversity of their works.

Ikerd participates in travel shows annually in metropolitan areas like Cincinnati, Louisville and Lexington to showcase what people can experience when visiting Somerset. Because those shows were canceled in 2021 due to the pandemic, she said she seized the opportunity to create something that focuses on growing home tourism while continuing to promote the arts.

The #seemyset art market will be held the same weekend as the No Boat Show Boat Show, an initiative by Lake Cumberland Tourism to showcase boat merchants, marinas and outdoor adventure businesses.

“We are still focusing on ways to bring people downtown, but we also want to seize opportunities to bring downtown to other parts of the county and promote the things people can find when they are there. visit, “said Ikerd. “We are delighted to partner with Lake Cumberland Tourism to host an event the same weekend as the No Boat Show Boat Show, to promote our entire county.”

Suits-Us Farm is located at 4291 Ky. 80 in Somerset. Free entry.

To find out more and see a full list of vendors and artists participating in the #seemyset art market, visit See Somerset on Facebook (@SeeSomersetKy) or seesomerset.com and click on ‘Events’.

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