March 21 is World Puppetry Day and the Puppets Up! crew is celebrating by working away on our plans for the return of Almonte’s beloved puppet festival from August 12-14. 

But we can’t do it alone!

Ever since we announced the return of Puppets Up! one year ago, we’ve been floored by the enthusiasm and support of the community. From the dozens of volunteers that have stepped forward to those critical early supporters who contributed to our online fundraiser, we were truly convinced that the time is right to bring Puppets Up! back to Almonte.

Now with ticket sales open and sponsors coming on board, we can feel momentum starting to build. But we’re approaching a critical time in our planning and we need your help with one last push as we head into spring.

Here are three things you can do today to help ensure that we fill the streets with puppets this summer:

1) Buy your day passes

If you’re planning to attend the festival – whether all three days or just one – you’ll never get a better deal on your day passes than we have on offer right now. Passes start at just $9 for kids and $15 for adults, and provide access to all of the daytime shows. Saturday and Sunday passes also include the puppet parade, craft tent, vendor market and more. 

These prices won’t last forever and quantities are limited, so don’t wait: https://puppetsup.ticketsplease.ca/puppetsup-2022/

2) Come to a pre-festival show

If August feels like a long way off, you’re in luck! We’ve got a series of shows coming to town this spring too. These productions aren’t just a great way to whet your appetite for the festival — they’re also fundraisers — so you get great entertainment AND the knowledge you’re helping to get the big show off the ground!

The Saturday Series features three family-friendly shows playing at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum in April and tickets for all three are available now! Bring the kids and enjoy a well-earned day out in Almonte with Rock The Arts Puppets’ “Pirate Treasure” on April 2, Bob Stutt’s silly take on Punch and Judy on April 9, and Felicity Falls by Rag & Bone on April 23.

And if your tastes are a tad more mature, The Hound of the Basketballs is the show for you! Coming to the Old Town Hall in May, the show is a funny, irreverent and at times bawdy puppetry take-off of the most famous and widely read of the Sherlock Holmes stories — starring some beloved Almonte characters like you’ve never seen them before. Evening performances are scheduled for May 12, 13 and 14, with a matinee on Sunday May 15, so mark your calendars and look for tickets to be on sale April 1.

3) Consider a sponsorship or donation

Unable to make it to the festival or a spring show? Have a business that could benefit from aligning with the Puppets Up! brand? We’re still looking for financial support as well!

Our online fundraiser at GoFundMe has raised more than $10,000 since we launched it last fall – critical seed funding that helped us get to where we are today – and every dollar donated goes directly into bringing this beloved festival to life. While the organizers are all volunteers, we do pay the performers plus all of the suppliers that are needed to make each  event a success. 

And key sponsorship opportunities are still available for brands that want to show their commitment to the community and the broader arts scene. Want your brand on a Puppets Up! tent? Want to be featured on our website and social media channels? Check out the sponsorship kit and get in touch today!

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