ARCADIA, Wis. (WKBT)- - Ashley furniture is one of the largest industries in our area. But aside from being a big business, they put on one of the biggest charity events in the area as well.
Ashley for the Arts is a three day long festival with music... art vendors... food... and activities for everyone. The event began nine years ago as a way to showcase local artists and Arcadia Memorial Park. Around 300 people attended.
Last year, the event had around 30,000 attendees.
And the event all goes to supporting local organizations, from area school districts to cancer research at local hospitals
"Last year we supported 25 non-profit events, and this year we will be supporting over 30 non-profit organizations," says Cole Bawek, the event manager for Ashley for the Arts.
With thousands of people attending, and hundreds of local sponsors, Ashley for the arts is able to draw in top-tier talent, with a musical lineup including Kip Moore, Echosmith, Gavin DeGraw and Three Dog Night.
Along with the headliners, area school bands and choirs will perform, local artists will showcase their work, and there will be plenty of entertainment for the whole family, including a kid's art class, stilt walkers, and an auto show.
"Anywhere that you go, you're going to be entertained, whether it's music, art, or some sort of circus entertainment," says Bawek. "Everywhere you look, everywhere you walk and sit, your going to be entertained."
The event kicks off with a 'Persuit of a Cure 5-K run/walk, supporting area cancer patients and research. Tickets for the three day event are just ten dollars at the gate.
For more information, you can visit their website.
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