CAMBRIDGE -- The Cambridge City Park will come alive again when the 45th annual Salt Fork Arts & Crafts Festival opens 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9.

"Over 80 artists and craftsmen will travel from far and wide to treat visitors to the festival with exhibitions of their unique art in the form of beautiful paintings, exquisite handmade jewelry, amazing pieces of sculpture, pottery and ceramics, creative stitchery, extraordinary works of combined media, intriguing photography, original works of Appalachian folk art, handcrafted wood creations and more," said Holly Phillips, festival chairman. "Add to that a fantastic roster of performing arts. With two entertainment venues, the big pavilion and the new performing arts tent, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Cambridge, the festival is showcasing the talents of many area artists."

Beginning at 3:30 p.m. on opening day, three area youngsters, The Yurco Brothers, will entertain visitors with their skillful guitar, fiddle and banjo playing of bluegrass and folk tunes. At 4 p.m., there will be the first ever fiddle contest and at 6 p.m. the Cambridge High School Alumni Jazz Band, under the direction of Jim Gibson, will be giving a two hour concert in the big pavilion. Cambridge's own Dick Pavlov will be strolling through the festival strumming on his banjo and Steve Miller will provide a variety of guitar music for visitor's pleasure.

Saturday, Aug. 10, will kick off with repeat performances by the Yurco Brothers and Steve Miller. Audrey Kucklica will entertain with folk and gospel music, the young dancers from Dance Central, under the direction of Marilyn McElvey, will put on a show, the Seven Mile Isle Steel Band from the University of Akron will give a 90 minute performance , the Friendship VII Sweet Adelines and the Cambridge Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society will impress you with their songs and harmonies. Dave Zacharias will present a variety of music with his guitar and the bluegrass band, Northwest Territory will round out the day with a 90 minute foot stomping performance in the big pavilion starting at 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 11, will feature Delores Carter presenting a walking tour of the Living Word Outdoor Drama, the John Glenn High School String Sounds under the direction of Dawnell Graham are sure to entertain, well-known Bob and Carol Jones will wow festival-goers with their vocals, Tim Angeloni will entertain visitors young and old as he strolls through the festival with his magic and, as is a festival tradition, the Cambridge City Band under the direction of Berk Jones will close out the festival starting at 3 p.m. in the big pavilion.

The 2013 Salt fork Arts & Crafts Festival performing arts are sponsored in part by a grant from the Cambridge/Guernsey County Visitors and Convention Bureau.

There will be also be crafts for children and adults all three days. For the kids there will be paper masks to color, ceramic tiles and wooden bird houses to paint and decorate and for adults there are unique tissue paper flowers and on Sunday festival-goers hand at painting with local art teacher Cindy Carnahan. The class is two hours and the fee is $25 which includes all materials. To register for this class contact Cindy at 740-509-1026.

This year's concessions will be offering diverse options from grilled mac and cheese with pulled pork to deep fried ice cream to Thai tea to kettle corn to Greek selections, Japanese gourmet foods and more.

The Ohio Arts & Crafts Foundation appreciates the support of these sponsors of the 2013 Salt Fork Arts and Crafts Festival: The Ohio Arts Council, the Rotary Club of Cambridge, the Cambridge Development Corp., Fabri-Form, Speedy Print and the Cambridge/Guernsey County Visitors and Convention Bureau.

"We appreciate all the 'Friends of the Festival' who help to support the festival, as well as all the members of the community who provide the festival awards," Phillips said.