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Weems Artfest: New Mexico's Top-Ranked Arts and Crafts Fair

LAS CRUCES -- The 18th Annual Weems Artfest will be held Nov. 4-7 in the Manuel Lujan COmplex at the New Mexico State Fairgrounds in Albuquerque.

"The Weems Artfest is billed as New Mexico's number one arts and crafts festival," said Mike Cook, director of the Rural Economic Through Tourism project. "More than 50,000 people are expected to attend."

REDTT, a project of the NMSU's Cooperative Extension Service, promotes agriculture through tourism.

Celebrity guests will be Sophia Loren and Whoopi Goldberg. Loren will serve as host for the festival's preview night Nov. 4 Goldberg will be the festival's celebrity artist.

The event also will include food booths and live music.

Admission to the festival is $3. Children under 12 will be admitted free. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Children's Hospital of New Mexico in Albuquerque.

For more information, call (505)293-6133 or visit the festival's World Wide Web site at http://www.weemsgallery.com.