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  • Fifth Carthage Art Walk starts Friday

  • The fifth Carthage Art Walk will feature a new twist — live music in front of UMB Bank.

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  • The fifth Carthage Art Walk will feature a new twist — live music in front of UMB Bank.

    Monett musician Leon Troyer released a CD called 'The Common Man's Highway' last year in honor of the 85th birthday of Route 66. Troyer will perform on the northeast corner of the Carthage Square as part of Friday's kickoff to the Art Walk.

    Wendi Douglas, executive director of the Carthage Convention and Visitor's Bureau, said the Art Walk will also feature a kids train for Saturday's festivities.

    “We have really made an effort to provide more entertainment and we are hoping to really impress the community with this event,” Douglas said. “We will have face painting, hot dogs, hamburgers, cotton candy and tropical snow in addition to our daily food options. We are excited to offer a festival type atmosphere to this event.”

    Douglas said Tom Jones, a Carthage artist and teacher in the Jasper school district, will be the featured artist, with his work displayed in the lobby of event-sponsor UMB Bank.

    The Carthage Square is a prime backdrop for the event. Several established galleries are located around the square along with dining options and live music that runs later in the evening.

    Friday festivities kick off at 6 p.m. with over 20 artists and more than a dozen venues participating.

    Saturday starts off at 10 a.m. with a variety of family oriented activities.

    Carthage Historic Downtown Art Walk is sponsored by UMB, Carthage Council on the Arts, Cornerstone Family Dental, Leggett & Platt, Mercy McCune-Brooks Hospital and Powers Museum.

    For event specifics and dates, visit www.carthageartwalk.org or contact Wendi Douglas 417-359-8181.

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