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The 51st Annual Uptown Art Fair Starts Friday

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) -- The largest art festival in the state of Minnesota will begin at noon on Friday.

The 51st annual Uptown Art Fair will take over Hennepin Avenue and Lake Street for three days. It'll feature 355 artists from across the country and other nations.

"One of them is coming from Israel, one is coming from Argentina," said Maude Lovelle, the executive director of the Uptown Association. "So we'll have a very South American feel. And another artist is from the U.K."

The festival begins on at noon Friday and goes until 8 p.m. On Saturday, it runs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Over the three days, nearly 400,000 people are expected.

"This is the largest art festival in the state of Minnesota," Lovelle said.

The Uptown Art Fair started in 1964 by three men who wanted to bring more traffic to Uptown so they could showcase their community. The festival grew from a half-day event with a small number of artists, to three days with more than 350 artists.

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