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legacy logoThis activity is made possible by a grant provided by the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.


Additional Festival sponsors:

lions club logoAmboy Lions Club, Amboy Area Community Club, Arts 'n More Committee

About the 2016 Arts 'n More Festival

The Arts ’n More Festival will take place on September 9, 10 and 11. This year's theme is the art of music. The schedule of activities lists all the events.

The Festival will kick off at the Amboy City Park on Friday evening, September 9th, 6:30pm - 7:30pm with a musical concert in the park featuring Janalee Steinberg of Vernon Center along with some of her music students. Bring your own seating. link to the Friday evening program

Root Beer Floats will be served as light refreshments after the concert.

All-Day Saturday, September 10th, Amboy Maine Street will be filled with music, art, a parade, good food and opportunities to participate or just watch from the sidelines.

The Information Booth will be open at 8:00am on Maine Street in front of the Fire Hall. All visitors and vendors should check in at the Information Booth to obtain a schedule of activities including a map showing where all activities will take place. Buttons and Memorabilia will be available for sale at the booth.

The Farmer’s Market will be held on Maine Street, near the Depot and features local gardeners’ produce from 9:00am to noon.

Art demonstrations and sales will begin on Maine Street at 10:00am and remain opened until 4:00pm on Saturday. Local studios and stores will be open and booth space made available for artists from out of town. These spaces are available for $10 (see Contact page for more information).

At 10:15am, the stage at the Amboy City Park will start up with local talent until 12:15pm.

At 11:00am, Lonesome Ron will hold forth in the Mini Park on Maine Street with tradional western songs and the popular Petting Zoo will set up in the Amboy City Park.

At 12 noon, The Amboy Fire Department will sponsor a Bean bag tournament across the street east of the Fire Hall and lunch featuring pork chop on a stick with cheesey potatoes will be served at the Fire Hall. All proceeds from these food sales will benefit our local Volunteer Fire Department.

From 12 noon to 4:00pm, classic cars will be shown just north of the Grain Elevation on 1st Ave. and down the street at the Historic Ridge School, Youth Photo Exhibit entries will be displayed along with a demonstration of Ukrainian egg design (not yet confirmed).

Also at 12 noon, accordion player Dick Miller and Alexandra Belekalo will play Scandinavian music at the Mini Park on Maine Street and at the Amboy City Park, Magician/Ventriloquist Kelvin Saline from Duluth will present an entertaining magic show. A second magic show will take place from 3:15pm - 4:00pm.

At 1:00pm, the Jamboyz, a band composed of alumin from Amboy-Good Thunder High School, will play a one hour concert at the Amboy City Park.

At 2:00pm, the Heartstrings will play Irish melodies in the Mini Park on Maine Street and Mary Anne's Music will provide Karaoke Music at the Amboy City Park.

This year there will again be a Youth Photo Contest Exhibit at the Ridge School for all youth grades 6 through 12, in Blue Earth, Watonwan, Fairbeau and Martin Counties. The contest will be judged by members of the Mankato Digital Photography Club and prizes will be awarded to the best photos including a grand prize of $100 cash. Winners will be announced at 3:00pm. Click here for contest rules and entry form.

The Festival Parade will take place from 4:00pm - 5:00pm. his year the parade will feature some new and return attractions, includingArnie Lillo's metal artworks, the Mankato Riverblenders Barbershop Chorus, the Hobo Band, the Riverbend Promenaders Square Dance Troupe and many others including the Kalpulli Yaocenoxtli Aztec Dance Troupe, who will also perform on Maine Street after the parade.

At 5:30pm, the drawing for the winning button numbers will take place at the Information Booth on Maine St. There will be 12 prizes awarded in all, worth over $1,000 with the grand prizes being an Apple ipad mini tablet and a Samsung Galaxy Tablet A 8" tablet. (click here to see prizes)

AT THE FIRE HALL: After the parade, food will be served at the Fire Hall from 6:00 - 8:00pm. The Jim Lawrence Orchestra will play from 6:00pm to 8:30pm.

Special Festival events will continue Sunday morning, September 11th with the Community Worship Service at 10:30am in the City Park, with special guests, The Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge Choir. After the worship service there will be a Picnic Luncheon, sponsored by The Lions Club. Root Beer Floats will be provided by LUMPY Youth Group and there will be music by Johny Hoy and friends.