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Artists, crowds flock to downtown for Artisphere

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Artisphere is a weekend-long arts show and festival held in downtown Greenville every May. (File/FOX Carolina) Artisphere is a weekend-long arts show and festival held in downtown Greenville every May. (File/FOX Carolina)

For 10 years, artists from across South Carolina and the country have dotted downtown Greenville's Main Street for the annual arts festival.

Artisphere kicked off at noon on Friday and runs until Sunday evening. Each day artists display and sell their work along Main Street along with live demonstrations, music performances, kid-friendly activities and more.

The free festival runs until 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Because of the festival, drivers should expect detours and delays near downtown.

Greenville police says they will have as many as 30 officers on scene, watching the crowd. Organizers hope patrons will also keep a watchful eye out.

"It's important patrons pay attention, and if there's any kind of suspisous activity, certainly there's police on every corner. We would like you to report something like that," said Kerri Murphy, Artisphere executive director.

Main Street is closed from Court to Augusta streets. Broad Street is also blocked off from Laurens to Falls streets. And Camperdown Way is blocked from Main to Rhett streets.

Guests hoping to stay dry during the mostly outdoor festival may want to bring an umbrella as FOX Carolina Meteorologist Nicole Papay said Saturday will see scattered showers and storms, with highs reaching the low to mid 70s.

Heading into Mother's Day, Papay said the area will see partly cloudy skies along with a lingering shower during the early part of the day.

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