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The arrival of autumn will be greeted in Brookfield with a chance for people to spend a relaxing afternoon viewing and purchasing unique works of art.

On Saturday, Sept. 26, the Brookfield Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its 6th Annual Brookfield Fine Arts Festival in Kiwanis Park, just east of the Brookfield Village Hall at 8820 Brookfield Ave. 

From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., visitors are encouraged to view and purchase artwork on display from more than 30 local artists, specializing in pottery, jewelry, painting and sculpture among other media. 

Abby Brennan, owner of Brookfield’s Brennan Massage and Spa, is once again serving as the coordinator of the successful art event.

“People should come out to the fest to support the local artists and shop,” Brennan said, hoping for first-time and past visitors to patronize the event. 

The art festival, which started with only a handful of artists, has now grown to feature artists from all over the Chicago suburbs. In addition, the festival features other events for visitors to participate in. 

Returning to the festival this year is the popular sidewalk art contest for adults 18 and older.

“Each participant gets their own sidewalk square, and they have from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. to produce a work of chalk art,” Brennan said. “There will be first-, second- and third-place winners for a cash prize.” 

Brennan, who has served as festival coordinator for the past few years, says the chamber contacted artists primarily via email, online forums and word of mouth. 

“We’ve been doing this a pretty long time now, so we have a big pool of artists that tend to rejoin,” she added.

Also happening taking place concurrently with the festival will be the Brookfield Beautification Committee’s annual rubber duck race and fundraiser. 

From now until Saturday, rubber ducks can be purchased for $5 at the First National Bank of Brookfield, Betty’s Flowers and Gifts and the Brookfield Public Library. 

On Saturday at noon, the ducks will be launched into the Salt Creek at the Washington Street Bridge and the race will end at the canoe launch north of the village hall. Prizes for top finishers include $500 for first place, $250 for second and $100 for third.

Proceeds from the duck race fundraiser will go towards programs sponsored by the Brookfield Beautification Committee, including community art projects and business district landscaping.  

Additionally, members the Brookfield Farmers Market from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. will be hosting a meet and greet where local residents can become acquainted with various community organizations. 

The art festival will also feature music and an arts-and-crafts tent for children. Admission to the event is free and anyone interested in volunteering at the festival or for further information is encouraged to contact Brennan by calling 708-255-5335.