40th Festival in the Park kicks off in Spearfish

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SPEARFISH S.D. (KOTA TV) - Hundreds of vendors are taking part in the 40th anniversary of the 'Festival in the Park.

It's all about supporting the arts with local crafts and musicians.

Money raised at Fridays fundraiser goes to the Matthews Opera House and Arts Center in Spearfish, and the arts in the area.

Festival coordinator, Ava Sautter said this is considered one of the largest festivals in the Midwest.

"The arts have a really big impact on the community and the participation of the people here tonight all comes back to showing the community that arts are alive and important,” said Sautter.

The festival will run though Sunday.