The first 500 people to visit the Arts Alive information tent after 10 a.m. (no early birds) on Saturday will walk away with an "unbelievable" bonus - a goodie bag jammed full of gifts from local merchants.
Each of the colourful satchels are packed with about $300 worth of items and discounts, said Rachelle Anderson, executive assistant for the Downtown Langley Business Association.
"We couldn't be more excited about the 500 goodie bags filled with amazing items, samples, discounts, and coupons from our downtown businesses," said Anderson. "The invitiation to participate first went out to the businesses in June, and they were invited to add something special from their store."
In an unprecedented response, 55 businesses participated.
"We've been assembling them for the last two weeks, you'd be surprised at how long it takes to stuff 500 bags" Anderson said, noting there's everything from cookie cutters and lip balm, to artists chalk, candy, glass cleaners, hair products, pens, post-it notes, pins, playing cards, music CDs, and specialty teas in the bags.
The giveaway is just one fun component of the 20th annual Arts Alive festival, which runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday in downtown Langley City.
This free, family event features live musical performances, artists and artisans showcasing a myriad of mediums, live demonstrations, a children's venue, and special performance surprises throughout the day, Anderson explained.
With more than 200 visual and performing artists, now involved, this festival has become a signature art event in the Lower Mainland, said event organizer Teri James.
"Our business community is waiting to greet you with a warm welcome, and we have an amazing variety of artists, artisans, and crafters participating this year," James added.
"To celebrate 20 years of success, we have new surprises, and a whole lot of fun planned - so bring your friends and family and prepare to have an amazing day." Same as every year, they're expecting large crowds - weather permitting. But she said the event goes, rain or shine. More information at www.artsalivefestival.com.
/ (See hardcopy for photo); / Downtown Langley Business Association executive assistant Rachelle Anderson spent weeks helping put together 500 gift bags that will be given out during Arts Alive on Saturday, Aug. 17.;
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