This year’s “Ahoy Art” PIRATE theme allowed children to use their imaginations to create fun crafts with this adventurous theme on Saturday, June 10, 2017 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Arts activities for children, lively musical entertainment, great outdoor food, and long-time festival traditions were all a part of the fun. All events were held on the lawns of the Museum and the adjacent Mason City Public Library at 303 2nd Street SE in Mason City and are open to the public.
The Outdoor Art Market was open from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. with many fine artists and crafts persons. This was a wonderful opportunity to meet amazingly talented artists, buy local & support art!
The day will began with the Mayor and City Council’s Pancake Breakfast at 9 a.m. This free breakfast is one of the most popular parts of the festival! Starting at 11 a.m. the Museum sold food for festival goers to purchase. Proceeds of the food sales benefited the festival and Museum programming.
Children’s activities were offered from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and were free or for a small fee. A variety of crafts were available for different age groups, with volunteers on hand to assist. Kids were able to create and take home cork ships, telescopes, treasure chests, and much more!
More than 200 area citizens are recruited to volunteer during Festival. If you are interested in volunteering during part of this event in 2018, contact the Museum at 641-421-3666.
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