Past Event – The Old Time Music – Ozark Heritage Festival – West Plains

West Plains, MO – June 19 and 20, 2015. Come celebrate Old Time music and the distinctive culture of the Ozarks Highlands. Held the third week-end in June each year. The festival site reaches from Historic Court Square down East Main to the West Plains Civic Center grounds.

As well as the music performed on various stages, there will be artisans demonstrating their crafts, children’s activities, a Dutch Oven Cook-off, square dancing, mule jump, jig dance comptetition, fiddling, living history, turkey calling competition, lots of great food, and much, much more.

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Past Event – Hillbilly Fair – Laurie, MO

Laurie, MO – September 18-19, 2015. The Annual Hillbilly Fair will be held at the Laurie Fairgrounds in Laurie, MO. Please come and enjoy a parade, craft booths, food booths, games, demonstrations, and carnival rides. Dances are on Friday night and Saturday night will be a tractor pull, beer garden and bingo.

For more information, call 573-374-8776.

Past Event – Hootin an Hollarin – Gainsville

Gainsville, MO – September 17-19, 2015. Celebrate the old time ways with family and friends at this three-day festival.

Crafts, parades, music and dancing, and food are sure to please everyone – young and old. There will be demonstrations of the way things were done in pioneer days, as well as pet shows, bed races and outhouse racing.

A variety of merchandise will be for sale, such as handmade quilts, dolls, baskets and woodcrafts.

You’ll find traditional festival food – beans & cornbread, funnel cakes, BBQ, roasted corn on the cob, hamburgers, specialty coffees & drinks, and even snow cones.

Enjoy the sounds of gospel, country, bluegrass and folk music, as special guests are scheduled to perform throughout the day and each evening of the festival.

For more information, and a schedule of events, check out the Hootin an Hollarin website.

Past Event – Fair Grove Heritage Reunion

Fair Grove, MO – September 26-27, 2015. The Annual Fair Grove Heritage Reunion is one of the largest arts & crafts festivals in Southwest Missouri. Fair Grove is located approximately 12 miles north of Springfield, just east of Highway 65, on Highway 125.

In addition to arts and crafts, there will be food, music and entertainment. Saturday, there will be a hometown parade and on Sunday, a church service. The event features country music, dancing, period entertainment from the 1800’s, horse and mule obstacle course demonstrations, antique small engine, tractors, threshing, and lots of things to eat.

Admission is free! However, some parking areas charge a fee for parking. Trolleys are available to take visitors to and from the outlying areas.

Some places of interest are the Wommack Mill, Bell Hotel, Miller’s Cabin, Blacksmith Cabin, Duke School House, Farm Machinery Museum and several restored buildings on the historic Fair Grove Square.

For more information, call 417-759-2807, or check out their website by clicking HERE.

Past Event – Seymour Apple Festival

Seymour, MO – September 10-12, 2015.  You won’t have a hard time finding the annual Seymour Apple Festival in this small Missouri town.  Most of it is centered around the town square.  Seymour is located 30 miles east of Springfield on US 60.

Here are some of the things you can expect:

  • Craft and food booths all around the square.
  • Music – Nightly and all during the day Fri-Sat.  Gospel music and country music by several performers.
  • Street dances
  • Children’s Games (SW side of park)
  • Pet Show
  • Apple Princess Coronation
  • Senior Citizens’ Activity
  • Decorated Bike Contest
  • Apple Pie Baking Contest (non-winning pies will be sold in a silent auction)
  • Johnny Appleseed Contest
  • Parade
  • Quilt Show (in the “Pennington Building” south side of square)
  • Puppet Show
  • World Championship Apple Peeling Contest
  • Much, Much, More!


Come for some great family fun – and don’t forget your lawn chairs.  For more information, please see the official flyer by clicking Here.

Past Event – Glade Top Trail Flaming Fall Review

Ava, MO – October 18, 2015. The Annual Glade Top Trail Flaming Fall Review will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will continue through 3:00 p.m.

Bring your family and spend the day enjoying some good, old-fashioned food and fun!

¨ Outdoor Church Service on the Mountain
¨ Live Musical Entertainment
¨ Pumpkin Painting & Other Activities for the Kids
¨ Breath Taking Views (bring your camera)
¨ Scarecrow Making Contest~You bring the old clothes, hat, and gloves…we’ll supply the hay!

For more information, contact the Ava, MO, Chamber of Commerce.

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