SHERMAN, Texas (KTEN) -- This weekend start the annual Sherman Arts Festival, and the Sherman Art League kicked it off with a competition.

"The art is obviously always the highlight," said Sarah Mcrae, Sherman Tourism and Main Street Manager.

This is Sherman's 41st arts festival and last night 137 art pieces competed for a ribbon in several categories. And a new people's choice award was added as well.

"Great place to come and take a break cause it's air conditioned in here," said Bonnie Koenit, President of the Sherman Art League. "And the children's show is on the stage, and then you can see the artwork that's around here, and we also have a few vendors in here."

There will be new additions to the festival this year, and of course they'll have some of the traditional things as well.

"I love looking back at old arts fests," said Mcrae. "Just to see what's been done and things that have been tried over the years, I think you always have to keep it growing and changing and moving things around just to keep everybody excited about coming."

One artist showing off his winning piece explained why he loves painting, his favorite thing, sunsets.

"I want people to see images of things," said John Robinson, the artist. "And see 'em the way I see 'em, and experience the beauty I see in the way I see. That's why I do it."