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Art in the Park in Mandan


Take a drive through Mandan and there's plenty of signs it's the 4th of July.
More than 150 arts, food and craft vendors are lining Main Street Mandan for the annual Art in the Park Celebration.
Reporter Sarah Gustin takes you inside some of the busiest and hottest tents on Main.

It's nearly impossible to pass by this booth without your nose noticing the smell of fresh, roasted almonds.
The nuts aren't the only ones roasting.
(Jan Ihrke/ Art in the Park Food Vendor) "It gets pretty toasty with our kettles it gets hot."
The Nut Hutte has been roasting almonds at the Mandan Art in the Park for 18 years.
Jan Ihrke says they ran out of product during their first year in Mandan.
But, this year they came prepared.
(Jan Ihrke/ Art in the Park Food Vendor) "350 pounds of almonds, we brought up 50 pounds of cashews, 70 pounds of pecans. Hopefully, we'll go through them all." 
This group of workers selling roasted almonds and fresh, squeezed lemonade do 16 - 18 shows a year and say Art in the Park is one of the top three.  
(Jan Ihrke/ Art in the Park Food Vendor) "The adrenaline rush. You are just so busy. You work for 14 hours a day and you are busy the whole time and people are just really nice and they are friendly."
The food booths aren't the ones drawing a crowd. 
Moose Lake Designs bring their jewelry and decorative gourds from Minnesota.
(Ray Pelton / Art in the Park Vendor) "We have had good shows, we have had good shows here. We wouldn't be coming back if we didn't sell stuff."
Pelton says while they enjoy the selling--it's all about the visiting.
"And that one is called turtle Tracks. Can you see the tracks there?"
(Ray Pelton / Art in the Park Vendor) "What do you enjoy most about this? People,I just love dealing with people. Like the young people we had and their parents. That's just fun."
(Mary Helen Pelton / Art in the Park Vendor) "If we are busy we are just really happy."

Art in the Park is open tonight until 9 and tomorrow from 9-5 at Dykshoorn Park in Mandan.


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