On Saturday morning, a parade of bears will make its way around the Sherman Municipal Building in honor of the 37th annual Sherman Arts Fest. Leading the way for the children carrying their favorite stuffed animals will be the Sherman High School drum line.

Any children wanting to participate must meet at the Theatricks Honey McGee Playhouse by 10 a.m. The event is sponsored by the Sherman Altrusa Club and will be one of the opening events for the Arts Fest to be held in Lucy Kidd-Key Park on the grounds of the Sherman Municipal Building on Saturday.

While the parade of bears will be held at 10 a.m., the Sherman Arts Fest will also include vendor booths that open at 9 a.m. Also preceding the furry friends event will be a Sherman Education Foundation 5K, fun run and hometown heroes 1K run to honor first responders and military personnel. Registration for the run can be completed at TheDriven.net/arts-fest-run/. The runs are to benefit the education foundation.

Sherman Tourism Manager Sarah McRae said this year’s arts festival will be a little different from last year’s event. She said there were many standout booths last year that were asked to return.

There will be about 110 vendor booths on site Saturday. They include individuals advertising and selling food, sweet treats and beverages.

“Most of the vendors are artisans,” McRae said. “At this type of event, we want to showcase the many handmade and unique items that can be found in this area.”

On the grounds will also be two performance stages with musical acts, karate, dance, yoga and other performers. The kids alley will include a petting zoo. About 25 animals will be available for individuals to pet. They include bunnies, chickens, ducks and more.

“The guy that normally works with us to organize the car show was unable to do it this year,” McRae said. “So, we replaced the car show with a petting zoo. I think that the animal I am most excited about is the llama. A little rain will not affect the animals so unless there are thunderstorms, they will be OK.”

Because of the number of booths, as well as the variety of events, McRae said organizers had to put a lot of thought into how the vendors will be arranged so that when people walk around the festival, they will see all that it has to offer.

“When I was in high school, I had a piece in the arts festival every year,” she said. “I loved coming with my family and looking at the booths. It really brings the community together and highlights small town life.”