MARYVILLE, Mo. — A&M Amusements plans to offer a full day of family fun and entertainment opportunities at its grand opening event set for Saturday, May 11, at Donaldson-Westside Park.
The event will feature 15 inflatable bounce apparatus. A&M Amusements owner Adam Marriott said the event is to help get the company name out there, while also providing live music and other fun opportunities in a festival-like spirit for the community.
At the May 11 event, he explained the goal is to create a fun event that doesn’t break the family bank.
“With this, if you just want to come listen to Curtis Stroud play with Justified, then you can just bring a chair and listen,” said Marriott.
Cost is $10 for a wristband, which allows jumping on any inflatable from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Other activities also will include Up Up and Away creating free balloon sculptures for children from 1 to 3 p.m., and Fig’s Caricature will create caricature drawings.
With regard to food options, Marriott said Back 40 BBQ will sell barbecue and Snowie Premium Shaved Ice will offer cool treats. Marriott still is looking for other vendors interested in participating in the event.
As of now, there will be no alcohol allowed at the event. He said it doesn’t lend itself to this family-style event.
Music will be provided by Redline Entertainment from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. At that time local band Michael Goff and Broken Spoke will take over and perform until 6 p.m. To close out the night, Curtis Wayne Stroud and Justified will perform live until 8 p.m.
Marriott said around 20 people with the blue A&M Amusement T-shirts will be on hand to watch children in the inflatables, so parents can feel free to bring the whole family.
“A bounce in every step, smile on every face and joy in every heart,” is the company mission statement and Marriott said it means a great deal to him.
“It’s hook, line and sinker what we do,” he explained, saying making money is what the business does, but on a personal level he wants to make money doing something great that brings happiness and joy.
“(Festivals are) something that we’re actually looking at pursuing as a company,” he said.
As a litmus test, this celebration will help Marriott decide if it’s feasible for the company to offer a festival service throughout the region.
Shifting focus to A&M Amusements from something so secure as insurance sales has been a bit of a leap of faith for Marriott.
“To jump off the cliff and hope that the parachute opens … we’re just excited that we have a chance to take a business that Kermit Lager did a very good job of running for almost 20 years, and to take it and expand off of it,” he said. “To be able to put on a big community celebration is important to us. We want people to know we’re here. We’re from Maryville. We’re bringing business to Maryville.”