2014 Festival Chief Joe Auffert

The Old-Time Music, Ozarks Heritage Festival in downtown West Plains, Mo., will celebrate its 24th year Friday and Saturday, June 1 and 2, 2018. The two-day annual event in downtown West Plains, Mo., celebrates Ozarks music and culture. Festival hours are 3 – 9 p.m. Friday, and noon-9 p.m. Saturday. Admission to all festival events is free.


Organizers come from many different areas of the community, volunteering their time to assure a successful event. There is no paid staff, never has been; and the festival committee spends many hours over the year preparing for it. This year they are placing additional emphasis on volunteer participation and training for the various tasks performed, recognizing that it is a critical element of this success.


Because of the festival’s continued growth, more volunteers are needed for a variety of jobs, organizers said. Volunteers are needed for the information booths (2 hour shifts); helping with set-up on Friday morning; maintaining the entrance gate for artists on the north side of the Civic Center; as shuttle drivers around the grounds (4 hour shifts, must be 21 or older); and helping with simple residence/opinion surveys.


Those interested in helping in any way should contact Volunteer Coordinator Sabrina Lewis <sabrinalewis1022@hotmail.com> or you may phone 417-274-8060. You may also contact the West Plains Council on the Arts at info@westplainsarts.org.


Volunteers from previous years are encouraged to call or e-mail to confirm they will be participating again this year, organizers said.

Volunteer sign-up form available here.