What to expect at the festival?

We’ll have artisans demonstrating their skills, great music on stage (if you play an instrument and want to jam, you can join in a  jam session or play under a tree). There will be historical exhibits, food and fun activities for the whole family.  You can participate by entering a contest or dressing up in period clothing.  2020 activity details will be posted soon!

Is there a musical jingle to get me in the festival mood?

Of course!  And here it is…. (Bevy Moore – vocals, Junior Marriott – guitar, words by Darlene Sorensen)

Should I bring a lawn chair to sit on (or maybe a blanket)?

Absolutely!  We plan to have hay bales to sit on around the festival site, but a lightweight lawn chair will make your visit more enjoyable, especially during the music, or maybe a blanket will work for you.  Please put a tag with your name and contact information on the chair, just in case….

What does it cost to attend?

There is no admission charge, but to help cover expenses you’re welcome to drop a donation in our historic butter churn right after you enter the gate.  We suggest a donation of $5 for adults, but appreciate any support you can give!  Please note that we are a nonprofit.  Our board members and volunteers receive no compensation for their work, other than satisfaction at helping to build our community!

What if I want to be an exhibitor, re-enactor or other participant?

Just download our application below, print it out and mail it to us (PO Box 1376, Ava MO 65608) phone us at (417) 746-4006 and we’ll be happy to mail you a printed form.  Please note: While exhibitors are welcome to sell their own handicrafts, our festival is educational, not commercial.   Exhibitors must agree to demonstrate their heritage skills during the festival in exchange for not having to pay a set-up fee.   Applications should be returned as soon as possible so that we can reserve your space and include you in our printed program and the website.

PHFO 2019 exhibit app and guidelines

How do we get to the festival in 2020?

Our new venue details are still being worked out.  We’ll post everything here once final decisions are made.  Thanks for your patience!

How can I contact you?

If you have questions, please call (417) 746-4006 or email:  heritage417@gmail.com