(PHOTOS) Art, music and hot air balloons on the first day of NIC Fest

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Hannah, Lane, and Eliza sell water outside Wyld’s booth at NIC Fest. Lane composed a jingle to attract customers. (Sara Sammons/Oil City News)

CASPER, Wyo.– NIC Fest 2022 kicked off Friday after a two-year hiatus.

The area around the Nicolaysen Art Museum was filled with food and beer vendors, live music, art, and fun family activities. The four NIC muralists began their works at different locations in the building.

The Artists’ Alley tent had booths of many local artists displaying and selling their work. Activities included Lego building, face painting, an art activity led by NIC staff, mini hot air balloons and more.

Catherine Johnson Morris has begun construction of a 6ft sandcastle out of fracked sand.

Three local music groups – Joey Patterson, Ugly Summer and Paddlers – performed in a Battle of the Bands.

The festival collaborated with Skull Tree Brewing, producing an exclusive beer called “Koppasaurus”. Oil City Beer Co. and Gruner Brothers Brewing also made up the Beer Garden.

The festival continues Saturday at 10 a.m. with more live performances and the Art on Wheels car show. The muralists will continue their work and the Casper Children’s Theater will perform. The complete program is available on the festival website.

Casper Pride also takes place on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at David Street Station.

The citizens of Casper appreciate the trade vendors at NIC Fest. (Sara Sammons/Oil City News)
Joey Patterson performs at NIC Fest’s Battle of the Bands. (Sara Sammons/Oil City News)
Catherine Johnson Morris working on her sandcastle. (Sara Sammons/Oil City News)
Ugly Summer performs at NIC Fest’s Battle of the Bands. (Sara Sammons/Oil City News)
Emerson receives the “Snake Kid” face paint. (Sara Sammons/Oil City News)
Citizens of Casper gather outside the Nicolaysen Art Museum to enjoy live music. (Sara Sammons/Oil City News)
A mini hot air balloon floats near the performance of the paddlers. (Sara Sammons/Oil City News)
Chris “Rugie” Ruegsegger stands next to his mural in progress. (Sara Sammons/Oil City News)
Sit Means Sit Dog Training inflates a gigantic dog. (Sara Sammons/Oil City News)
Paddlers perform at NIC Fest’s Battle of the Bands. (Sara Sammons/Oil City News)

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