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The festival is full of fun for the family: children’s games; live bluegrass and country music entertainment; a pie eating contest; a petting zoo; a carnival; pony rides; and bouncy houses. There is a parade at 3:30 p.m.
You won't go hungry with all the wonderful homemade food, barbecue, hamburgers, carnival treats and kettle corn. Vendors offer handmade goods such as candles; kitchen items; gardening and home décor; jewelry; and soap.
Take the 45-minute drive from Springfield and experience the past with Laura Ingalls Wilder, as she reminisces about her childhood pioneer days, her incredible family and her beloved Almanzo.
Laura’s life unfolds through a live theater production that culminates on that momentous day in 1951, when Mansfield dedicated its library in her honor. Laura’s Memories captures her journeys through Iowa; Minnesota; the Dakota Territory; Kansas; and finally: Mansfield, Missouri, where Laura and Almanzo spent their remaining years.
The Ozark Mountain Players bring this story to life under the Ozark sky, in a comfortable amphitheater in Mansfield’s Recreational Park. Concessions are available.
Tickets are $10; ages 5-11, $5; younger than 5, free and are available one hour prior to curtain or by calling 417-924-3383. General admission only; no reserved seats.
Note: Performances held only on dates listed above.
The Hartville Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Hartville host a Civil War reenactment to commemorate the Battle of Hartville, fought on Jan. 11, 1863.
The reenactment camps and "Civil War Period vendors" are on the property surrounding the Steele Mansion, which is a privately owned historical home in Hartville. The mansion was built by a confederate soldier after the war. The property surrounding the mansion is where confederate troops were camped during the Battle of Hartville.
On Friday, all area schools are invited to attend "school day" at the reenactment camps, where children can tour the camps to see how the solders lived and fought. The camps are open to the public all weekend. Battles are fought throughout the weekend at the Steele Mansion property; however, one battle is on the streets of Hartville, where the actual Battle of Hartville took place.
There is a Civil War times ball Saturday evening, hosted on the front lawn of the Steele Mansion. There are many other activities planned.
Admission is free. Visit our website for details.
On 40 secluded acres with woodlands, small pastures and private fishing ponds. Offering five guestrooms with private baths and bathrobes; some rooms have a fireplace; some with jetted tub.
There are covered patios and an aviary/wildlife viewing deck. Two horse stalls are available in the barn; riding trails are adjacent, in the Compton Hollow Conservation Area. For group events, there is a retreat area with private restrooms and a commercial kitchen. Group lunches and dinners are available, by appointment.
A drive-up offers easy access for our disabled guests. Our guests enjoy the local culture with visits to Amish country, antique shops, old mills, Compton Hollow Conservation area and a Friday night Barn Dance. Located 20 minutes from Springfield; 15 minutes off of Route 60 and I-44.
Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote her beloved Little House books while living at Rocky Ridge Farm, near Mansfield. There are two homes to tour: the farmhouse, which Laura and Almanzo built upon moving to Missouri in 1894; and the Rock House, which their daughter Rose had built for them in 1928.
The museum contains artifacts including Pa's fiddle, handwritten manuscripts of some Little House books, keepsakes of the Ingalls and Wilder families, and many other items familiar to readers. Open March 1-Nov. 15.
Located 45 miles east of Springfield, off of U.S. 60.
Mansfield Area Welcome Center has tourist information for the home of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other attractions around Mansfield. We have Missouri travel guides and Missouri maps.
Our cottages are in a wooded setting among the rolling Ozark hills. Each cottage includes: two sleeping areas, a sleeper sofa, a double bed or two twin beds, a full bathroom, fully equipped kitchen, heating and cooling and a deck overlooking the pond. Pets are welcome, but dander-free cottages are available.
Hike our 23-acre estate; pick fruit from our orchard; fish or sun by the pond, stocked with channel cat, crappie and bluegill; and explore Hicks Cave. Located two-tenths of a mile from the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum; six miles from Baker Creek Seed Company and Pioneer Village.
Mojeji Ranch, (pronounced mo-JAY-jee), is an educational family farm set on 296 acres on the Ozark Plateau near Mountain Grove. Owned and operated by two generations of the Schrock family, we raise pastured beef cattle, meat goats, hogs, broiler chickens and free-range laying hens. We avoid chemicals, antibiotics and growth hormones, and use high density holistic grazing practices.
Farm stays at Mojeji Ranch give your family a complete "from field to fork" local food experience: stay one to five nights in our guesthouse, join in preparing and eating boarding-house-style meals, and participate in farm activities (caring for animals, gathering eggs, working in the garden).
Also, take time to visit regional attractions, such as Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company's Pioneer Village, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Home and Museum (where the Little House books were written), historic mills and natural springs, caverns, or enjoy a river float trip.
A family friendly lodging experience located near Mansfield on a private family farm in the beautiful rolling hills of the southwest Missouri Ozarks. Studio style guest house features a full kitchen and bath; two queen beds; one full bed; garage parking; small deck; firepit area; and access to the Gasconade River for unique recreational opportunities. Near the Laura Ingalls Wilder Home & Museum, and only 2.8 miles from Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co.
The Springfield Cardinals are the Double-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals. They are one of eight teams in the Texas League, along with the Arkansas Travelers, the Northwest Arkansas Naturals, the Tulsa Drillers, the Corpus Christi Hooks, the Frisco RoughRiders, the Midland RockHounds and the San Antonio Missions.
Home games are played at Hammons Field. Individual game tickets can be purchased by calling 417-863-2143, at the ticket office at Hammons Field, and online by visiting our website. Ticket prices range from $6 to $24, depending on seat location. Season tickets and group tickets are available.
When the Cardinals play on Saturdays and Sundays, the ticket office opens at 10 a.m. On game days, the ticket office remains open through game time.
The Hammons Field gates open one hour prior to game time.
Whispering Oaks Vineyard is located in the beautiful Gasconade watershed of the Ozark Mountains viticultural area of southwest Missouri. The vineyard overlooks a picturesque valley just north of the second highest point in the state. The wines produced from the grapes of this vineyard are uniquely crafted by the Green family. The Green family has owned this land since 1968 and established the vineyard in 1997. The winery and tasting room on Highway 60 opened the spring of 2004. The wine produced showcases the distinctive flavors the rocky Ozarks soil imparts to the grapes. We are located just off of Route 60, about 35 miles east of Springfield, between Seymour, MO and Mansfield, MO.
Baseball and Brews
Enjoy a Missouri brewery tour and a day at the ballpark.
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