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There will be even more to do and see on Sunday, when the festival in Doylestown Borough coincides with the Thompson Bucks County Classic bike race.

The field of sunflowers was rich with color.

A small dog trotted happily along the farm truck path. The peaceful tree line cast pleasant shadows on the grass.

Artist Laura Gardner brought the scene to life in oil paint — a creation that was spreading smiles across more than a few faces at the Doylestown Arts Festival on Saturday. The festival continues Sunday, when it coincides with the annual Thompson Bucks County Classic bike race.

“Everywhere you go there’s so many beautiful things to appreciate and enjoy,” said Gardner, who was displaying her works at the festival. “I try to communicate that in my art.”

In a way, Gardner’s aesthetic was emblematic of the 28th annual Doylestown Arts Festival itself: An affirming, sun-splashed celebration of the arts, independent artists, and the local community.

Earlier this year, USA Today named Doylestown as the winner of its “Best Small Town Cultural Scene.” It’s events like the annual arts festival — which is forecast to draw some 25,000 visitors to the picturesque borough this weekend — that earned Bucks County’s seat the honor, said Paul Boger, festival director.

“It’s really special that we have a community that passionately embraces and supports the arts,” said Boger, noting 120 volunteers make the festival possible. “Doylestown is a unique place, and that commitment to the arts and independent artists is a big part of that.”

First held in 1991, the festival sees portions of streets in the heart of Doylestown Borough closed to traffic so artists and artisans can set up tents where they display their wares. Crowds leisurely stroll State and Main, taking it all in.

This year, some 160 artists are participating in the festival, which also features five outdoor stages for live music and 32 acts. Local food vendors are on hand to…

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