Clayton’s Millstock art and music festival is returning the emphasis to music this year.
Organizer John McFadden said the event, which is known for its variety of art vendors, actually started as more of a music festival.
McFadden, who chairs the Clayton Visual Arts committee that puts on the event, said the group is doubling its budget this year to bring in five bands and several local musicians.
“We are kind of going back to the basics,” McFadden said.
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The first event was held in 2000, when a handful of artists and musicians gathered in a dirt parking lot behind The Coffee Mill in downtown Clayton. It has since become an annual event that draws more than 1,000 people to downtown.
This year, Millstock is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in and around Horne Square at the corner of Main and Lombard streets. McFadden said Clayton Visual Arts avoided street closures in past years, but will take two blocks of Main Street because of this year’s expanded festival.
Musicians scheduled to perform include Bombadil, Paleface, David Childers, Rebekah Todd and Barren Graves. Also new this year is an expanded food truck lineup, with four trucks signed on.
Deep River Brewing and Wine on Main will be selling drinks throughout the day.
“I’m an artist and love art,” McFadden said. “But let’s face the facts, most people want to come out and listen to music, get a drink and have some entertainment.”
Still, Millstock will continue providing a space for jewelers, painters and craftspeople. Forty-five vendors have signed up to sell and show their creations.
Clayton Visual Arts used contributions from 10 sponsors to help expand the Millstock budget this year. McFadden said this is the first time the group has sought sponsorships since taking over the festival in 2010.
The Town of Clayton’s Public Art Advisory Committee will unveil its next project at 11:45 a.m. on Horne Square. The committee is building a roaming “Before I die...” wall, where residents can jot down items on their bucket lists.
Kathleen Nobles, a member of the art advisory committee, said the wall will be on Horne Square for a month before moving to three other locations.
“For the next four months, we will be taking pictures of the wall and making a booklet,” she said.
As in previous years, Millstock will also include:
▪ A sidewalk chalk-art contest with prizes in three age divisions.
▪ A children’s “Pint-Sized Picassos” tent.
▪ The Clayton Farmer’s Market, which operates in conjunction with Millstock on Horne Square.
For more information, search “Millstock” on Facebook.
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If you go
What: The 2015 Millstock art and music festival will feature art vendors, musicians, food trucks, sidewalk chalk-art contests, and more.
Where: In and around Horne Square in downtown Clayton.
When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, June 6, 2015.