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Amaranth Apple Festival Kicks Off

A two-day food, music, and art festival is underway in downtown Springfield this weekend. (WRSP)

A two-day food, music, and art festival is underway in downtown Springfield this weekend. The Amaranth Apple Festival is put on by Downtown Springfield Inc.

The festival features 15 local restaurants and about 20 different performers.

The original set up for this event was to be called the Downtown Throwdown, with the event focusing - or "throwing down" - on a different food every two years. The past two years were bacon and this year, there's been some disappointment of going from bacon to apples.

DSI's Executive Director Lisa Clemmons Stott explained, "Now, it's not an apple festival, really. We're not expecting all of our vendors to have apple in all of their products. The amaranth apple is a mystical fruit in a novel by Vachel Lindsay, so we're just saying that you know, the mystical fruit is sprinkled in everything."

You can get a little bit of everything local restaurants have to offer.

"We asked the public, and they said we really want tacos or we want horseshoes, and I said, 'okay.' Then I went to the restaurants and I said, 'okay this is what we're going to throw down on,' and the feedback I got from them - overwhelming - was, we want to do what we do best," Clemmons Stott said.

There's going to be music, poetry even ghost stories along with all the food this weekend. It runs from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday.

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