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2010 Arts Festival at MAHS

Belly dancers were among the performers at the fifth-annual Arts Festival Saturday at Morris Area High School.

The Morris Area Arts Booster's 5th annual Arts Festival on Saturday once again featured numerous arts displays and demonstrations, games and entertainment.

"It's getting better every year," said Art Boosters head Athena Kildegaard. "It's turning into a thing that people look forward to. I wouldn't say we've got it down to a fine art, but the volunteers have been incredible."

Dancers and musicians entertained in the Morris Area High School cafeteria, while visitors had plenty of games and other activities to choose from the school gymnasium.

Art was displayed in the hallways outside the gym and cafeteria, and artists had pottery and beading demonstrations underway throughout the afternoon. The Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance also had a storytelling booth for kids.

"It's kind of a way for people in the area who are doing art to show off what they do," Kildegaard said.

MAHS Principal Mike Coquyt was this year's "victim" for being duct taped to a wall. The event is a joint fundraiser for the Arts Booster and the Plaid Pillagers robotics team.

Area businesses and groups also contributed items to a silent auction. Overall, Kildegaard said the event is growing in popularity.

"It's a lot of different people getting to interact with each other," she said.