ARCADIA, Wis. – The annual, three-day music and arts festival, Ashley for the Arts, took place Aug. 10-12, raising nearly $700,000 to benefit more than 70 non-profit organizations.
The festival drew in tens of thousands of fans to see performers, enjoy access to arts and craft vendors, as well as rows of food vendors, an inflatable air park, a lumberjack show, street performers, fireworks, and more.
As part of the festival kickup, nearly 300 lined up to participate in the Pursuit of a Cure Glow Run. Proceeds from the run, luminaria sales and a charity raffle support the advancement of medical research and help to offset medical-related costs that families incur during medical emergencies.
Despite a weather delay on Friday, the weekend brought in steady crowds, and Memorial Park Drive was lined with more than 100 craft fair vendors. The walkway also housed Ashley Furniture’s “Ashley Zone,” which highlighted a variety of the company’s corporate social responsibility initiatives: Heartworks, City of Hope, Trempealeau Valley Co-op’s Mobile Skills Lab, Ashley’s Angels, conservation efforts, Wreaths Across America, and local middle and high school robotics teams.
Ashley Furniture Inds., Ashley for the Arts’ host sponsor, along with numerous community and corporate sponsors, made this event possible, with the help of volunteers who filled nearly 4,000 shifts.
Watch this video for a recap of this year’s Ashley for the Arts. Next year’s event is set for Aug. 8-10.