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Thursday, 11 July 2019 08:59

Edgerton celebrates heritage with festival fun

Written by  Staff Writer
The Edgerton Clay Day Pottery & Art Festival offers a chance for attendees to try pottery making for free using clay that was dug in the Edgerton area. The festival is coming up Saturday, July 20, during Edgerton Tobacco Heritage Days. The Edgerton Clay Day Pottery & Art Festival offers a chance for attendees to try pottery making for free using clay that was dug in the Edgerton area. The festival is coming up Saturday, July 20, during Edgerton Tobacco Heritage Days. Photo submitted
EDGERTON — Festival organizers will shine a spotlight on Edgerton’s former prominence as a pottery center with the fourth annual Edgerton Clay Day Pottery & Art Festival on Saturday, July 20. The free-admission event, set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., will herald the city’s past in the clay industry by featuring hands-on pottery-making at Edgerton’s Central Park, near the Swift Street pavilion.
Using clay dug in Edgerton, the festival will feature demonstrations by potters and an opportunity for attendees, adults and children alike, to get their hands messy. Attendees also may participate in a clay stomp and shop among art and pottery vendors and food vendors.

“The intent of the festival is to educate people about the art of pottery and Edgerton’s significant clay heritage,” said Vicki Morris, one of the festival organizers. “We are hoping people will take advantage of this opportunity to play with our local clay.”

In addition, live music is lined up throughout the day: Evan Riley Band, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.; A Tad of Siracha, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and Bree Morgan, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

In conjunction with the pottery festival, Edgerton Tobacco Heritage Days events run from Friday, July 19, through Sunday, July 21, with most events at Racetrack Park, 900 Stoughton Road.

Highlights include baseball, softball, knockerball, food and live music at the park throughout the festival. In addition, a classic car and truck show will be featured from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 20 in downtown Edgerton and a parade will step off at 11:30 a.m. July 21. The parade begins at Edgerton Care Center, 313 Stoughton Road, and ends at Edgerton Lutheran Church, 100 W. Rollin St.

For complete details about the festival fun, go online to facebook.com/potteryfestival or to edgertontobaccodays.com.

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