ARCADE, Wis., August 22, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — It was a successful weekend at the Arcadia at Ashley for the Arts that took place August 11-13. The annual three-day music and arts festival hosted tens of thousands of fans with a variety of top entertainment, arts and crafts vendors, rows of food vendors, an inflatable air park, a lumberjack show, street performers, fireworks and much more! The organization announced last week that the more than 70 nonprofits that participated in the event will benefit from nearly $650,000 donated by Ashley to the Arts.
“It was a great year filled with an abundance of activities for the whole family,” he said Cole Bawek, Director of Events. “Once you entered the grounds, you were greeted with artistic atmosphere throughout the 54-acre Memorial Park and incredible musical lineups. Ashley for the Arts’ mission to showcase the arts and support humanity was a true description of the weekend!”
Thursday night’s kickoff event welcomed performances from Chris Kroese, Arch Allies and Tuned Up, as well as several new activities including fireworks and a glitter run. Hundreds of participants dressed in neon colors and sparkly accessories to run for a cause, where they crossed the finish line in a pool of green and sparkling foam. Proceeds from the Pursuit of a Cure Glow Run, charity raffles and luminaria sales support the advancement of medical research and help offset medical costs incurred by cancer patients.
Even with overcast skies all weekend, Friday and Saturday brought steady and enjoyable crowds. Memorial Park Drive was filled with nearly 100 arts and crafts fair vendors, all displaying, selling and some even demonstrating their skills and artwork. “Timberwork’s Lumberjack Show” held six performances, performing an art at once Wisconsin’s History of the Northwoods Logging. The other half of the catwalk featured host sponsor Ashley Furniture’s “Ashley area“, which highlighted a wide variety of the company’s corporate social responsibility initiatives; Heartworks, City of Hope, Trempealeau Valley Co-op Mobile Skills Lab, Ashley’s Angels, conservation efforts, Crowns Across America and teams local middle and high school robotics.
The two ball fields hosted fun for kids and families, including the inflatable air park that kept the kids jumping, interactive art projects to make and take home, a petting zoo full of angry friends, BINGO, more larger than life, and more. – all of these are included in low-cost admission for the weekend.
The remainder of the Friday and Saturday event included street performers, balloon artists, a circus trio road show, Painting in the Park with Pablo Cheer, 11 local school acts and three side stages full of music and family fun. Throughout the park, food vendors from near and far served thousands of hungry festival goers with delicious snacks and meals.
Main stage acts included Brooks & Dunn, Brantley Gilberttrain, Cole SwindellNight Ranger, Phillip Phillips, Danielle Bradbury AND Morgan Wade. The crowd cheered through a variety of country, pop and classic rock acts. A surprising touch to Friday’s National Anthem brought a flyover by an F-35A Lightning II from the 33rd Fighter Wing, Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. Brooks & Dunn closed out the weekend with matching soldiers and red, white and blue confetti at “Only in America.”
Ashley for the Arts sends a huge thank you to all the fans who came out and supported the cause, helping to raise a significant amount of money for the community and enjoying the event. With the support of the event’s host sponsor, Ashley Furniture Industries, and numerous community and corporate sponsorships, Ashley for the Arts was able to provide affordable access to music and art for the entire weekend. In addition, it took about 4,000 volunteer shifts to organize a special non-profit event. Thank you to everyone who volunteered and to all the emergency service and security personnel for their assistance.
Save the date for 2023, August 1011 and 12 inches Arcadia, Wisconsin. For more information on Ashley for the Arts, visit www.AshleyfortheArts.com. “Like” Ashley for the Arts on Facebook and follow us on Instagram @AshleyfortheArts.
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Ashley for the Arts is a not-for-profit initiative that provides the whole family with world-class entertainment, art, exercise and entertainment for an extremely low cost. The organization is one of Wisconsin’s the biggest charity events, donating over 3 million dollars since its inception to more than 70 non-profit organizations, including participating schools, children’s charities and medical research. This music and art festival was conceived and founded by Ashley Furniture Industries in 2009 and takes place in Arcadia, Wisconsin’s Memorial Park.
For more information on Ashley for the Arts, visit www.AshleyfortheArts.com. “Like” Ashley for the Arts on Facebook and follow us on Instagram @AshleyfortheArts.
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