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COLUMBIA, La. (KNOE 8 News) - For hundreds of families in Caldwell Parish attending the annual art and folk festival is a tradition. As our Nolan Crane reports you don't even have to spend any money to have fun and learn how everything for sale was made.

Not only are the arts and crafts homemade, there are also booths set up and demonstrations taking place to show you how to make everything that their selling.

Wiston McCarthy uses a chainsaw instead of a brush to make his art out of tree stumps.

"After I made a few things and some of the folks like it and wanted to buy it so I sold it," said Wiston McCarty.

Five years later McCarty's labor of love has made him somewhat of a celebrity here at the 58th annual art and folk festival in Columbia.

"I love to watch the man down there that uses the chainsaw," said Linda Parker.

While others like his work so much they bought some.

"I bought one of his fleur dis lis that he made out of wood," said Kim Shipp.

There were more than 60 booths set up with homemade arts and crafts and the people walking buy were not only window shopping, they got to learn how to make the crafts.

"It is very neat to see the people making the stuff that they are selling, not just bringing it here and you don't know how they made it," said Shipp.

The artists who make the crafts are just grateful for people who appreciate the blood, sweat and tears they put into every cut, stitch, and weave.

"I'm just amazed that anybody would come watch me for one thing, but it's just a talent and a gift that I give god the credit for," said McCarty.

Last year more than a thousand people attended the festival and they say this year's attendance has even more.

In addition to the arts and crafts there were also five bands performing and a horse and carriage ride.

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