Mark your calendar, the Springfield Old State Capitol Art Fair is coming to town! Held May 17th and 18th, 2014, this year is the 53rd annual show that is held on the lawn of Springfield’s Old State Capitol Plaza. Suzette Starr of Pawnee, Illinois is a regular attendee at the Springfield Old State Capitol Art Fair. “I go every year, it is very fulfilling. I see my favorite artists as well as new ones,” Starr said. This year’s show will boast 162 artists from 20 states and 40 new artists that come from all over the Midwest. Artwork is juried and fine art from all walks, paintings, jewelry, pottery, metal art, fiber art and much more. The fair is in downtown Springfield Saturday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. The art fair was the brain child of the then Executive Director of the Springfield Central Area Development Association, William Montague. The first fair opened May 26, 1962 from 10 to 6 as an idea to contribute to the community's cultural, social, and economic growth. The Springfield Old State Capitol Art Fair website shares the original purpose of the fair, “Economic, social, cultural, historical and physical aspects of the central area of Springfield, so as to enhance the City, County, and State, and to make a model Capitol City to be observed by other cities of the nation as a source of pride and emulation." For Starr, the joy of attending this annual event is the chance to talk directly with the artists and see what new items they have on display. This is one of the few chances that patrons of the art are able to meet directly with the artists and ask questions about their wares. If you have questions about the fair, contact information is available at http://www.socaf.org/contact/default.asp.