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Artsfest on Walnut Street celebrates 25th anniversary.

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Organizers say they will use reverse psycology and offer umbrellas and ponchos to patrons in an effort to thwart rain showers that seemingly fall every year during Artsfest. Mike Smith has the story:

Artsfest, a celebration of the visual and performing arts, will be held from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. May 7 and 8 on Walnut Street, from National Avenue to west of John Q. Hammons Parkway in Springfield, Mo. Admission is $3 for adults; children 12 and under are free.

This marks the 25th year for the event, which is sponsored by the Springfield Regional Arts Council and managed by Urban Districts Alliance.

Shellie Jones, Festival Manager for the Urban Districts Alliance, says more than 140 artists from 19 states will be displaying, selling and competing for cash awards. Mediums featured include: wood, glass, clay, printmaking, paper, jewelry, photography, metal, painting, drawing, fiber, and mixed medium. Typically 30,000-35,000 attend the outdoor festival each year.

Festival-goers are encouraged to explore artists' booths as well as take part in several activities. The festival will again feature a wealth of regional talent on five stages, to include performances by a mariachi band from Springfield's sister city, Tlaquepaque, Mexico.

Art-Town Downtown is back with more hands-on activities for artists of all ages. Children will have an opportunity to create make-and-take projects as well as assist in creating a community art piece for the Ronald McDonald House. Art-Town Downtown is sponsored by McDonalds and is organized by Drury University's Art Administration Program.

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