Annual Plantation Wildlife Arts Festival

It's a wild weekend in Thomasville as the 9th Annual Plantation Wildlife Arts Festival kicks off. Thousands are expected to flock to the Plantation Wildlife Arts Festival.

Each has a very different reason for coming. Kathy Harper, a Havana resident, said, “I come to find unique items that I want to either have on my wall or give as gifts."

Joanna and Lyman Fletcher, also from Florida, said, “It's wonderful, the art is very high quality, the environment is beautiful."

About 63 artists showed off their paintings and sculptures that imitate wildlife in motion.

"I like the fact that the art it typifies Florida, north Florida especially because this our home, so it's nice to see that represented in art," added the Fletcher’s.

Communications Director for the Plantations Wildlife Arts Festival, Debi Alderman, said, "It's an incredible selection of nationally renowned artists. We have local artists and artists from Zimbabwe, Panama and Canada."

New attractions like the Spider Lady caught spectators in a web of curiosity.

"I'm actually here to cure the myth that tarantulas aren't as deadly as people make them out to be. Tarantulas, their bite is no worse than a bee sting,” said Sheila Kline.

There's something for everyone from a butterfly habitat for small children to exquisite artwork for large budgets. You'll have to come see it to believe the array of exhibits served up at this year’s festival.

The Wildlife Festival wraps up Sunday. The money raised goes to the Cultural Center for the art programs there. Last year more than $125,000 were raised.