Amaranth Apple Festival

We invite you to become a Sponsor of the 2018 Amaranth Apple Festival. Download the Sponsor Packet>

The Amaranth Apple Festival is proud to be the descendent of the original summer festival, The Taste of Downtown, produced by Downtown Springfield Inc. to raise funds for downtown revitalization. This year’s festival committee invites you to become a sponsor of the 2018 Amaranth Apple Festival.

DSI’s festival now takes its name from the mystical fruit in Vachel Lindsay’s utopian novel. S/he who eats of the magical Amaranth Apple shall see the true beauty of Springfield! And wonderfully enough, Lindsay’s novel reaches its utopian conclusion 100 years after its writing – which is during the state’s bicentennial in 2018.

Held each year in beautiful and historic downtown Springfield, the event includes nationally known musicians as always — and now weaves in amazing local poetry, art, and cuisine to feature the best of Springfield today.

The Amaranth Apple Festival is produced through the support of corporate and private donations and the dedication of nearly 200 volunteers. Sponsorship is critical to hosting high-quality musicians that attract a diverse audience. Our sponsorship packages are offered in a variety of sizes to suit any budget. Your sponsorship will get your company’s name before a large and enthusiastic audience for the two days of the festival and will include promotion of your business in the weeks leading up to the festival.

Your sponsorship allows us to book the best talent available and ensures another quality downtown event. This is the only summer festival which raises funds for downtown revitalization and DSI’s work to increase foot traffic, decrease vacancies and put forward creative placemaking projects.

90s power pop singer songwriter Matthew Sweet headlined the 2017 Amaranth Apple Festival.

DSI’s 25th Annual Dinner

Tickets are on sale now>

Ticket prices increase on January 16, 2018.

More than 500 of downtown Springfield’s biggest fans gather once a year to recognize buzzworthy neighbors and businesses who are keeping Springfield cool, hip & creative. Join us to support our ongoing and accelerating efforts to revitalize downtown!

Check out this year’s Best of Downtown nominees – winners are announced at the Dinner>

5-6 pm VIP Pre-Party for guests of Corporate & Business Tables at the Doubletree

5:30-6:30 pm Reception for individual ticket holders at the BOS Center

6:30-8:15 pm Banquet & Recognitions at the BOS Center including 2017 Downtown Awards for Excellence, entertainment by aerial performers Divas in the Air and house band FreekBass, with Mayor Langfelder’s State of the Downtown Address

8:15-9:30 pm Dessert Reception at the Doubletree to celebrate the 2017 Award Winners

DSI Seeks Marketing Support

Downtown Springfield, Inc. (DSI) has initiated a Request for Proposal (RFP) process to identify a vendor, agency, consortium or contract employee (Agent) who is/are qualified to provide day-to-day marketing services showcasing Downtown Springfield as a growing, vibrant neighborhood & business district.
The duties require an Agent who has demonstrated experience in multimedia content creation and distribution. Agent will work closely with the DSI Executive Director and Promotions Committee to plan and execute marketing activities for the association.

Download the Request for Proposals for Marketing Services 2018

Timeline
Request for Proposal Released – January 11, 2018
Questions Due – January 29, 2018
Proposals Due – Friday, February 2, 2018 by 5 pm
Interview Period – February 7-9, 2018
Planned Contract Award Date – February 12, 2018

DSI Board of Directors meeting

The monthly meeting of DSI’s Board of Directors. The officers for 2018 will be elected by the Directors at this meeting. All members of DSI are welcome to attend the monthly board meetings. To put something on the agenda, please contact the Executive Director, Lisa Clemmons Stott, at 217-544-1723 or by email.

DSI Board of Directors Meeting

The board members for 2018 will be certified by the Nominating Committee.

All members are welcome to attend the monthly meeting of DSI’s Board of Directors.

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