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Civic center gets artsy

ArtFair_06Love Civic Center got artsy for the 2014 Paris Arts Fair on Saturday.

There were competitions for elementary, middle and high school students, as well as amateur and professional artists. Fairgoers also got to take part in a few hands-on demonstrations. Paris Community Theater held its first Run for the Arts 5K run and 2-mile walk, and each participant received a “Keep Paris Artsy” t-shirt.

For years, the art fair was organized by the YWCA. When the YWCA of Lamar County closed its doors last year, many in Paris wondered if that was also the end of the Paris Art Fair. But Think Child Safety picked up the Paris Art Fair this year, holding it in conjunction with its annual Kids Safe Saturday program.