Television host, Chris Harrison, of ABC's The Bachelor, has been named the 2013 Honorary Chair of the Thousand Oaks Arts Festival. The two-day Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on September 21 and 22 at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza and The Lakes.
Chris Harrison began his television career by covering local sports in Oklahoma, but a visit to L.A. in 1999 ended in a permanent move and later that year Harrison landed the job as host of HGTV’s "Designer’s Challenge," consistently ranked as one of the network’s highest rated shows. In 2001 he became host of ABC’s hit romance/reality series The Bachelor and The Bachelorette.
Harrison will again co-host ABC’s live coverage of “The Miss America Pageant” in September 2013. Additional hosting credits include “Emmys Red Carpet Live” at the 2012 Primetime Emmys; ABC’s 2011 “American Music Awards Red Carpet”; ABC’s 2008 “American Music Awards Red Carpet Live!,” and “Road to the 60th Primetime Emmy® Awards.” In 2010 he announced the creation of his own production company, Harrison Productions, and that he will continue to host and executive-produce all of TV Guide’s red carpet shows.
The Festival features more than 60 local visual artists as well as a variety of local performing artists on two stages. An interactive children’s area lets youngsters experience art on a personal level, and wine tasting offers adults a quiet respite during the weekend. Visitors to the Arts Festival will also have the opportunity to meet Harrison in person.
Thousand Oaks Arts Festival admission and parking are free to the public. Artist prospectus and application deadline is August 15 and performing artists’ applications are due August 1. Both applications are available on the website, www.toartsfestival.com or call 818-991-6158.