CASPER, Wyo. — NIC Fest 2022 kicked off Friday after two years of hiatus.
The area around the Nicolaysen Art Museum was filled with food and beer vendors, live music, art and fun family activities. The NIC’s four muralists began their pieces at different places around the building.
The Artists’ Alley tent had booths from 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 much more.
Catherine Johnson Morris began construction on a 6-foot sandcastle made of fracking sand.
Three local music groups — Joey Patterson, Ugly Summer and Paddlers — performed in a Battle of the Bands.
The festival has collaborated with Skull Tree Brewing, producing an exclusive beer called the “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. Muralists will continue their work, and the Casper Children’s Theatre will perform. A full schedule can be found on the festival’s website.
Casper Pride is also taking place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at David Street Station.