They say it’s your birthday, Happy Birthday to you

The Blanden Memorial Art Museum’s 86th birthday will be celebrated in June.

The Blanden’s annual art festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 9.

Eric Anderson, the Blanden’s executive director, said this event celebrates the start of the museum in June 1932, when the museum was donated to Fort Dodge by Charles G. Blanden to honor his late wife, Elizabeth.

The city was where the two had fallen in love, according to Anderson.

“We are celebrating 86 years of providing quality art, learning and programming opportunities to community and north central Iowa,” he said.

Anderson described the Blanden as more than a museum — “it’s a place to grow, learn and imagine.”

The arts festival is an annual event to celebrate the arts in Fort Dodge and the greater Webster County area. It is a free community event that draws over 3,000 visitors in one day to the museum and the Historic Oak Hill District.

In addition, Anderson said the Blanden Art Festival provides area artists an opportunity to network with visitors from all over the state.

The festival also features entertainment.

Artists such as the Kris Karr Band, Britches and Hose, and Chad Elliott will be performing this year, according to Anderson.

“Along with the performers there will be workshops and performances by the Fort Dodge Cheer Squad and a puppet show by Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre company,” he said. “The day will be full of free entertainment, art activates for family and children.”

There will also be food vendors.

Anderson said this year’s festival is one to look forward to.

“This years festival will be another wonderful day of art and creative energy,” he said. “The Blanden has been the creative center for the community for 86 years.”