Ashley for the Arts to donate $590,000 after 11th festival

Ashley for the Arts sent out a release saying their 11 th annual three-day arts festival was a success, and it will be donating $590,000 to more than 60 area non-profit organization.

A list of the non-profits receiving donations, which includes 28 school area school districts, is available on the Ashley for the Arts website:

This year’s festival boasted an expanded Main Stage area, added walkways, two new parking lots and better cell service at the Memorial Park festival grounds.

Events began on Thursday, August 8 when 273 runners participated in the Pursuit for a Cure 5K Run-Walk. Pursuit for a Cure is a fundraiser focused on advancing medical research and helping patients pay for medical-related expenses. Organizers say the Persuit for a Cure raised more than $19,850 during the Ashley for the Arts weekend.

Almost 100 art and craft vendors and 30 food vendors were open for business starting Friday.

Friday also featured musical acts such as Billy Ray Cyrus, 38 Special, X Ambassadors and Brothers Osborne taking the Main Stage.

A talent from the area who competed on a national stage during season 15 of The Voice on NBC, Chris Kroeze of Barron, performed on the Main Stage on Saturday. Saturday also saw Morgan Evans, Mat Kearney and 3 Doors Down performing on the Main Stage, leading to a performance from event headliner Lady Antebellum after a fireworks show from Maximum Load Fireworks.

Ashley for the Arts says it is grateful to the fans and the more than 4,000 volunteers who helped make the event possible.

Ashley produced a video recap of the festival you can watch at

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