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2018 Festival Photos

In 2018 We Celebrated Our Music, Our Traditions and Had Tons of Fun!

An aspiring fiddler plays in our youth talent show:

Folk musician Jeremy Myers enthralled young and old alike with  rousing performances of  Ozarks mountain music:

The Finley River Boys whip up the crowd with down home bluegrass:

Spinning yarn is an Ozarks tradition:

…and so is caning a chair seat:

…not to mention quilting!

Van Colbert led his trio in soul-wrenching mountain music:

…while our open jam sessions drew enthusiastic local musicians:

Festival goers were invited to try their hands at cross cut sawing while festival Sheriff Jon Cluff kept time:

Cameron Cluff shows off his paintings of the old Ava train depot as well as local aviation hero Bill Martin:

Kathy Reser, one of our esteemed Board Members, demonstrates the fine art of basketry:

Fiddler David Scrivner and Guitarist Alvie Dooms accompanied the Squires square dance group:

Stringed Union Bluegrass sang their hearts out:

…and so did South Wynns:

Trapper Killsmany loves the free life of a mountain man:

…while local re-enactors helped us remember the Ozarks witnessed major upheavals during the Civil War:

Gayle Schroeder talked about the many tomato canneries that once dotted the Ozark hills, and demonstrated tomato canning first hand:

Members of the Cabool Older Iron Club showed us how an antique hay baler worked (and still works!):

…while real men make old-fashioned brooms!

Financial assistance for this project has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency. Additional funding comes from a generous grant from the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, as well as support from local businesses and individuals.