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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), square dancing with live music and clogging.  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.   If you’d like to dress “period” but can’t make your own costumes, click on the contest page here for some easy and cheap ways to look like you were born in 1875 –  wrinkles optional!

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!

How do we get there?

The Pioneer Heritage Festival is located in central Douglas County Missouri, south of US 60.

From Springfield Missouri:  Take US 60 east to the first Mansfield exit (Highway 5 -south); take Highway 5 south to Ava,  At Ava, turn left at stoplight (McDonalds) and follow Business 5 to the downtown square. Make a left turn around the square, then go right (east) on Highway 14  out of town, about 12 miles. Right after the Bryant Creek bridge, you will see the festival site on your right.

Alternatively, you can take US 60 from either Springfield or from points east (Poplar Bluff, etc) to Norwood.  Exit south onto “C” Highway.   Just follow “C” through Norwood, over the RR tracks where “C” turns sharply left, then continue south on “C” into Douglas County, all the way (about 17 miles) until C ends at Highway 14Turn right on Highway 14 and go about 2 miles downhill to Bryant Creek. The festival site will be on your left before the bridge.

From West Plains, Missouri just take State Highway 14 west into Douglas County all the way to Bryant Creek (about 2 miles after you pass Highway “C”.


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 can I contact you?

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


Saturday Oct. 5 and Sunday Oct. 6, 2019