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The annual Festival in the Park, held in Freedom Park in Charlotte, NC, attracts thousands of visitors when its held each September. Photo is from 2009 event. The five-day event is organized by the not-for-profit organization Festival in the Park. Exhibiting artists compete for ribbons and cash prizes via a juried art process. This year, artists, painters, scupltors, photographers, designers, quilters and crafters from more than 21 states participated in the arts fair. The community arts event also includes artwork for purchase.