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New at Cliftonfest This Year

For the second annual Cliftonfest taking place Sept. 27 – 29, many of the highlights from last year – including nonstop live music on three stages, artisan booths, and art carpets – will return. There are some new things happening, however, that you should know about now so you can plan ahead:

  • Mural Painting at IGA. After peeking in the window of the perpetually non-reopening IGA countless times, my theory is this: whoever owns the building now saw Tarkovsky’s Stalker, which features endless footage of industrial wreckage in Russia, and wants to make the inside of our old grocery store look and feel like that. The mural painting, which will take place from 6pm to 9pm on Friday,  will provide a much-needed antidote to this rather dubious homage to an overrated Russian art film.   🙂
  • Pet Parade.  The first Cliftonfest Pet Parade will take place Sunday. The parade’s starting point will be the parking lot of the Annunciation Church on Clifton Avenue, and you should show up there by 1:45. Starting at 2 pm, the parade will march down Clifton Ave., turn right on Ludlow, and stop at the Main Stage near Middleton Avenue.
  • Seed Swap. A seed swap will take place from 1pm to 3pm on Sunday next to Adrian Durbin Florist. The premise is simple enough: for every kind of seed you bring, you take away a neighbor’s seeds in exchange.
  • 5K Run. The 5K run will start at 9am on Sunday. Pre-registration ends ends Monday September 23, 2013; race-day registration opens 8am. Details about the run and registration are available at Cincinnati Running Website.

As was the case last year, Gaslight Property is among the sponsors for this event.