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Updated: 04/25/2014 10:44:25PM

Canadian migration alights at Spring Fest

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SUN PHOTO BY GARY ROBERTS

At Saturday’s Spring Festival at Gilchrist Park in Punta Gorda, the steel yard art of Bugs-R-Us of Ellenton, Fla., makes for a wonderfully decorative, Florida-style display.

SUN PHOTO BY GARY ROBERTS

Lynn Wittmeier, founder of the Lions, Tigers & Bears wildlife sanctuary in Arcadia, poses with Samson, a 600-pound Siberian tiger, at Saturday's Spring Festival Arts & Crafts Show at Gilchrist Park in Punta Gorda.

SUN PHOTO BY GARY ROBERTS

Mara and Ademir Borges are surrounded by a menagerie of colorful wood carvings painted by hand. Borges Carvings, based in Cape Coral, has been touring local fairs like the Saturday's show for the past three years.

SUN PHOTO BY GARY ROBERTS

Old Hat performs at the festival.

SUN PHOTO BY GARY ROBERTS

An attentive crowd takes in the Spring Festival Arts & Crafts Show at Gilchrist Park.

By GARY ROBERTS

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PUNTA GORDA — The hand-painted shirts and tops draw a crowd Saturday at the Spring Festival Arts & Crafts Show in Gilchrist Park, and Leslie King is among them. She wants something with pink and tries on several variations — one featuring a pink flower, another bathed in pink — rejecting each one for good reason.

Meanwhile, her sister-in-law, Shirley Fitzgibbon, visiting from Ontario, Canada, is laden down with other one-of-a-kind buys – a U.S. flag seat-belt cover, custom-made jewelry, and a colorful, wood-carved parrot. And she is talking about life back home.

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