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AOK draws largest crowd yet

Jan Killian of Wollyfrog Arts and Photography stands in her booth while Art on the Kinni visitors view her work. Hers was one of some 65 booths on the White Pathway this year. That's up from 56 at last year's event. Gretta Stark / RiverTown Multimedia.1 / 7
Brenna Terpstra (left), River Falls, and Debra Terpstra, Owatonna, look at scarves crocheted by Deb Parsons during this year's Art on the Kinni Saturday, Sept. 8. The show featured a mixture of art, such as ceramics/pottery, oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings, pen and ink drawings, printmaking, glass art, photography, leather work, fiber art, carvers, turners, toys, furniture and more. Gretta Stark / RiverTown Multimedia.2 / 7
Tammy Foss (left), Ellsworth, and Lisa Aurandt, River Falls, take a look at some jewelry at an Art on the Kinni booth. In addition to physical art works, AOK also featured live music and food for purchase on either end of the White Pathway. Gretta Stark / RiverTown Multimedia3 / 7
Natasha Shaefer, and 2-year-old Emma Schaefer, make some artwork at the children's craft booth at Art on the Kinni Saturday, Sept 8. They were two of one the largest crowds AOK has seen yet, which is estimated at about 6,500 people. AOK is sponsored by the River Falls Community Arts' Base (CAB). Gretta Stark / RiverTown Multimedia.4 / 7
Kirsten Iehl Ebensteiner stands in her Art on the Kinni booth with some of her original artwork. She was one of the many artists to participate in this year's event. Many at the event, both artists and attendees, said they enjoyed the warm, sunny day. Gretta Stark / RiverTown Multimedia5 / 7
This year's Art on the Kinni drew an estimated 6,500 people. That's up from 5,700 last year. According to CAB president Steve Preisler 'that's about as big as we can and about as nice a day as we can get." AOK was held Saturday, Sept. 8, the same day as the Grand Slam Jam held at First National Bank of River Falls Field. CAB encouraged attendees to visit both events and make it a "double header." Gretta Stark / RiverTown Multimedia6 / 7
The 2018 William C. Ammerman Best of Show plaque, blue ribbon and $200 went to woodturner Gary Barone from Strum, Ws. Jens Gunelson / Contributor.7 / 7

Art on the Kinni drew an estimated 6,500 people to the banks of the Kinnickinnic River along the White Pathway Saturday, Sept. 8.

Gretta Stark

Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previously worked as a reporter for the New Richmond News from June 2012 to July 2013. She holds a BA in Print and Electronic Media from Wartburg College.

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