Thousands Come Out for Allentown Art Festival

June 8, 2013 Updated Jun 8, 2013 at 6:37 PM EDT

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June 8, 2013 Updated Jun 8, 2013 at 6:37 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKTV) - Thousands from all over the region lined the streets of Downtown Buffalo Saturday for the Allentown Art Festival.

Some came to peruse the work on display, while others came to buy that perfect piece they have been searching for.

"We are both browsing and buying," said Kathy Boyb, of Allegany. "We usually find something we like."

This is the 56th year for the festival, which features work from 450 artisans representing all 50 states as well as Canada and Europe.

The Allentown Art Festival ranks in the Top 20 of the 200 Best Art Shows in the country.

Perhaps one of the reasons behind the high ranking, it is a juried show. That means a panel reviews submissions before accepting artists into the festival.

Also happening a few blocks away, the Allen West Festival which features local crafts and vendors.

"We are a lot more laid back then the Allentown Art Festival, " said Gretchen Grobe, organizer. "It's a little bit craftier, people call it Bohemian. They call it the fun festival. We have magicians and music."

If you missed any of the fun, you can check out both festivals Sunday from 11 to 6 pm.