SC's ArtFields looks to build on 2013 success

LAKE CITY, S.C. (AP) - Lake City hopes to build on the success of ArtFields, the festival held in an unlikely place.

The second season of ArtFields opens on Friday in the old tobacco town midway between Columbia and Myrtle Beach.

The centerpiece of the 10-day event is 400 pieces of art displayed in galleries, stores, restaurants and public venues throughout town. Those attending get to vote on some of the winners who, among the various categories, split $100,000 in prize money.

Last year, ArtFields brought in 22,000 visitors and pumped an estimated $5 million into the local economy.

The event has been organized with the help of noted financier and Lake City resident Darla Moore. It gets its name from both the art and the rural fields around the town.

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