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Artsfest on Walnut Street Advance Tickets On Sale Now

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Artsiest can be wall-to-wall people at times, or at least seem so. Great for people and pet watching in addition to great artwork, food and beverages.

Artsfest on Walnut Street can be wall-to-wall people at times, or at least seem so, but it’s great for people and pet watching in addition to affordable artwork, food and beverages.

Springfield, Mo. – Tickets are now available for 36th annual Artsfest on Walnut Street, the largest fine arts festival in Southwest Missouri. Advance tickets are on sale for $3 at McDonald’s restaurants in Springfield from April 21 to May 6, 2016. Tickets at the gate are $5; children 5 and under are admitted free. Depending on weather conditions, the festival attracts upwards of 20,000 visitors each year.

On Saturday, May 7, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, May 8, 2016, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Artsfest will offer art, food, and springtime on historic Walnut Street. This year the festival features 140 artists from 21 states, 75 performance groups on five stages, local food, and more. In addition to vendors, Artsfest also features an interactive kid’s area with activities for children including Chalk-It-Up and Springfield Pottery’s Claymobile, a mobile ceramic arts workshop.

The event is underwritten by several generous local sponsors including: Great Southern Bank, Springfield Metro McDonald’s, University Plaza Hotel, Positronic Industries, Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr Pepper Bottling Company, Ridewell Suspensions, E.W. Scripps, The Center for Plastic Surgery, Connell Insurance, Central Bank, DeLong Plumbing, Springfield Art Museum, Westrock Orthodontics, Hood Rich, Inc., Kum & Go, AT&T, Petsway, Bryan Properties, Mother’s Brewing Company, Springfield News-Leader, and SS&B.

For more information on the festival, including a full list of artists and performers, For more information about Artsfest on Walnut Street, call 417-831-6200, or visit www.SpringfieldArtsfest.org. Artsfest is a Springfield Regional Arts Council event and is managed by the Downtown Springfield Association.

George Freeman is a veteran journalist and photographer. An award-winning writer, editor and columnist in Springfield, Mo., with more than 50 years experience. His preference is for positive and uplifting stories about people, places, traditions and trends that make the Ozarks one of the most livable regions anywhere. A member of the Garden Writers Association of America, he is a past-president of the Society of Professional Journalists of Southwest Missouri, the Kansas and Ohio AP societies; a board member of Friends of the Garden and a member of the Rotary Club of Springfield. In 1976, he traveled to India as a member of a Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange Team.

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