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      ArtFields art competition to bring thousands to Lake City

      A large art competition coming to Lake City April 19 through the 28 is expected to bring upwards of 20,000 people to the small town of fewer than 7,000 in lower Florence County.

      "I'm very excited," said Mayor Lovith Anderson.

      The art competition called ArtFields will feature the work of 400 artists over 10 days.

      The event will also feature live music, dancing, and southern food.

      "So what we have is essentially is one of the largest art competitions in the United States, and the largest in the Southeast," said Rob Bockman with the Lake City Partnership.

      ArtFields is giving away a total of $100,000 cash prizes to three winners of the art show. One of those awards will be voted on by those attending the events in Lake City.

      Mayor Anderson believes this will help Lake City's economy grow in the future.

      "It also will help our economy in the fact that business folk that come in will have a nice place to stay, family reunions, anniversaries," said Anderson.

      Lake City will definitely see more foot traffic than ever before.

      "This should give us an opportunity to show the state, the nation, the world that Lake City does exist," said Anderson.