A&M Amusements

Ashley Marriott, sixth from left, and Adam Marriott, holding scissors, stand surrounded by friends, employees and representatives from the Greater Maryville Chamber of Commerce and Northwest Missouri Enterprise Facilitation Saturday during a ribbon-cutting and public play day marking A&M Amusements’ (formerly K&M Amusements) grand opening under new ownership. The Marriotts purchased the business in September from former owner/operator Kermit Lager.

MARYVILLE, Mo. — The weather was damp and chilly, but hearts were full of springtime Saturday during a grand-opening festival for A&M Amusements at Donaldson Westside Park in Maryville.

Formerly known as K&M Amusements, the business was purchased and renamed last September by Nodaway County natives Adam and Ashley Marriott. The inflatable recreation attractions operation was formerly owned and operated by Kermit Lager.

In addition to a Greater Maryville Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting, the day included a plaque presentation by Keli Morris of Northwest Missouri Enterprise Facilitation, more than 100 yards worth of inflatable attractions and live music by the Broken Spoke and Justified country music bands.

Also on offer were sweet treats from the Snowie snow cone trailer, another Marriott-owned business; recorded music by the Redline Entertainment DJ service; and food served up by Back 40 BBQ.

After spending the winter getting organized and providing inflatable slides, bounce houses, obstacle courses and other attractions for several indoor events, Ashley Marriott said A&M is headed for a full spring and summer.

“April took off, and May is going to be super busy,” she said, “so I think it’s going great.

Events on the A&M calendar include the Mid-America Music Festival in Trenton; Fourth of July celebrations in New Market, Iowa, and Stanberry; and next month’s Savannah Street Fair.

Adam Marriott said working an increasing number of festivals and public events is a major part of his business plan.

While A&M, which currently has three part-time employees, is willing and able to provide attractions for “birthday parties in the backyard,” Marriott said, the business’ focus will be on large celebrations with plenty of customer traffic.

Just before accepting a congratulatory plaque from Enterprise Facilitation’s Morris, Marriott said the entrepreneurship assistance non-profit played a key role in helping him draft a business plan and learn the in and outs of corporate financing and organization.

Founded in 2006, Morris said Enterprise Facilitation has helped more than 120 regional businesses get off the ground over the past 13 years.

For more information about A&M Amusements, go the business’ website at www.aandmamusements.com.

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Staff writer Anthony Brown can be reached at tbrown@maryvilledailyforum.com or by calling the newspaper at 660.562.2424.