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Arrow Rock hosts one of Missouri's oldest and most popular heritage festivals, featuring traditional and modern hand-crafted items, historic reenactments, living history presenters, entertainment and food.
Booths feature: weaving; spinning; needlework; rug hooking; bobbin lace; gunsmithing; blacksmithing; soap making; rope making; pottery; woodworking; printing; and medical exhibits.
Note: Address and phone shown are for the Friends of Arrow Rock office. The festival takes place throughout the village of Arrow Rock.
A fun filled weekend of music and entertaining activities. Friday evening begins with "Pickin on the square," so take your acoustic instruments and join the fun.
A large parade (at 86 years, this is the longest continuing parade in Missouri) kicks off the festivities on Saturday, followed by a full day of music, food, and dancing.
Vendors set-up around the square to display their crafts. A small train is available for the children and a horse drawn carriage gives rides as well. There is something for everyone.
In a 1920s and 1930s setting of flappers and flivvers, come mingle on Main Street with the likes of Civil War bushwhackers and jayhawkers; 1930s outlaws and gangsters; horse thieves in a shoot-out; bank robbers; and a few good men – U.S. presidents and others.
Chow-down on biscuits with gravy, and other old-time foods; watch artisans and craftsmen; ride the horse-pulled wagon for a tour of the Victorian homes. View the beautiful houses, the hitching posts and buggy steps as your tour guide tells the stories of the houses and their people.
At 9 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., catch the free shuttle for the Backroads tour of Boone Township and beyond. Hear about, see and experience Phenix Marble Quarry (open to the public on this day only); the interesting mid 1830s living history, at Nathan Boone State Historic Site; see the Leaky Roof Rail Line and the Holy Resurrection Cemetery built for slaves, paupers and Indians. The shuttle passes the birthplace of infamous Ma Barker – FBI’s public enemy #1 during the early 1930s.
The Historic Village reverts to the 19th century, with period dressed re-enactors. Hay wagons carry visitors to and from the parking lots at Faust Park.
The event includes, in addition to other activities: traditional arts and crafts such as blacksmithing, rope making and pottery firing; historical arts and crafts demonstrations; food stands; hands-on activities for children, including, but not limited to, rope making, corn-husk doll making, peg making and crosscut sawing.
Admission: $5; age 4-12, $2; 3 and younger, free.
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.
Don't miss Lexington's 17th Annual Apples, Arts and Antiques Festival if you are looking for a great way to spend a fall day. A nice drive through beautiful fall foliage and apple orchards east of Kansas City brings you to a town filled with a rich cultural heritage.
Attend a great antique show; enjoy a wonderful art show; get your fresh apples; see the Main Street Antique Show, Art Show, Live Music, Car and Tractor Show.
The Lexington area is the largest apple producing area in Missouri, with more than 20 varieties of apples. Lexington boasts more than 130 antebellum buildings, great shopping, restaurants and plenty of history.
Antique dealers and vendors setup on Main Street to bring you two days of shopping, entertainment and activities.
Call or visit our webpage for details.
Started in the late 1960s as a marching band competition, the annual Maple Leaf Festival received its name thanks to Mother Nature. Every year, surrounded by an array of glorious fall colors, the city of Carthage proudly welcomes 80,000+ visitors to this wonderful fall celebration. Currently in its 48th year, the Maple Leaf Festival offers family style fun in a home town atmosphere.
On the third Saturday of October, the biggest day of the festival begins with one of the largest parades in southwest Missouri. This keystone event begins at 9 a.m. and ends around noon. The parade route begins on the Carthage Historic Square and ends at the Carthage Middle School.
Numerous events are scheduled throughout the day to entertain young and young at heart, including: Willie Arthur Smith's Marching Cobras; an art and crafts festival; car and dog shows; quilt show; food vendors; and live entertainment.
The rest of the festival is filled with a variety of activities, including: a 5K/10K; beauty pageants; baby and toddler contests; dog skill competition; a gospel sing; and a lip-syncing competition.
The New Madrid Fall Festival will be held in conjunction with the Bass Pro Big Cat Quest on October 4, 2014. This combined event will feature a 5K run/walk, car truck and bike show, beauty pageant, petting zoo, youth fishing tournament, arts and craft vendors, food, music, and the Rendezvous on the River, an 1840's mountain man event. The catfish tournament weigh-in will begin around 4 p.m. Most events will be on Main Street.
Oktoberfest is a street festival on Route 66, with six blocks of fun for kids, adults, families and couples:
Admission: free into the festival; some rides/attractions require a fee or cover charge.
“I Support the Festival” ribbon/wristband: $2 in advance, $4 at the gates. Enjoy complimentary access to some attractions and major discounts (such as half off) on certain attractions; plus receive a discount card good at 10 area businesses for the month of October.
PumpkinFest is an annual family arts festival held on the grounds of the Pony Express Museum, the second full weekend in October.
Come celebrate with live entertainment, a children's costume parade, festival rides, games, crafts and food.
Opening night, watch the lighting of the Great Pumpkin Mountain; hundreds of carved, electrically-lit pumpkins come to life with the flip of a switch.
Visit our website for details and schedules.
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