Fall is the Season of Fun


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Autumn Offers Some of Missouri’s Best Festivals
Author: Scott McCullough

This is jacket and cap weather; cool mornings and delightful evenings bracket warm days. Sultry is gone. With winter just a short time away, October is a perfect for getting outdoors to take in a festival and celebrating the harvest, our heritage and ... well ... life itself. Here are a few examples of the activities you’ll find across the Show-Me State.

October 11-12, 2014, take a country drive and visit the Arrow Rock Heritage Craft Festival; one on Missouri’s most popular fall events for 46 years. It features historic reenactments, living history presenters, entertainment and food. Traditional crafts include: weaving and spinning; needlework; rug hooking; gunsmithing; blacksmithing; soap and rope making; and other lifestyle activities from yesteryear. The entire village of Arrow Rick is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Fulton gets into the spirit with their first ever Autumn On The Bricks, October 11, 2014. A section of the brick-paved Court Street holds lots of music, art, artisanal food, wine, craft beers and a wild game cook-off. There is a pumpkin patch and an expanded farmers market. Plus, they are raffling off two great prizes.

Freshly pressed apple cider and Dutch-oven cooking are features of Family Fall Festival at Weston Bend State Park, October 18, 2014, three miles south of the heritage village of Weston. Discover blacksmithing, pumpkin decorating, nature crafts and other activities while listening to area bands. It’s surprising what can be fitted into just three hours.

October 17-19, 2014, the always friendly town of Ironton throws their knee slappin’, foot stompin’, good ol’ down home Arcadia Valley Fall Mountain Music Festival. Friday evening take your acoustic instruments and join the "Pickin on the square" jam session. A large parade (at 86 years, the longest-continuing parade in Missouri) kicks off the festivities on Saturday. There’s a lot to do and hear at this ‘un.

Since a long time ago, folks from these parts, and every place else, have been enjoying the annual Louisiana Country Colorfest (that’s Louisiana, Missouri, by the way). Head downtown beside the mighty Mississippi River, for a monstrous parade on Saturday. Then, visit with the more than 100 vendors who offer their wares, scattered amongst a car and motorcycle show, food booths, art shows and games galore. It happens October 18-19, 2014.

If you are in southwest Missouri October 18-19, 2014, find out what life in the 1830s was really like. Explore the Homestead Days Festival at the Nathan Boone Homestead State Historic Site, 10 minutes north of Ash Grove. The two days are filled with 1830s music, food, demonstrations and activities. While there, tour the home of Nathan Boone, youngest son of Daniel Boone.

Also October 18-19, 2014, Hannibal gets into the action with their 1800s-themed Autumn Historic Folklife Festival. The event is crammed full of traditional arts and crafts, musicians, apple cider, refreshing root beer, and wine tasting – among other attractions. Fill up on some of the best chicken-n-noodles, bread pudding and catfish sandwiches in the 50 states.

There are festivals aplenty across the Show-Me State this time of year. Find one (or many) and have a great autumn experience. We’d love to hear about your favorite, so snap a photo and share your day with us on VisitMO's Facebook page.