2014 Festival Chief Joe Auffert

The Old-Time Music, Ozarks Heritage Festival in downtown West Plains, Mo., will celebrate its 25th year Friday and Saturday, May 31 and June 1, 2019. The two-day annual event in downtown West Plains, Mo., celebrates Ozarks music and culture. Festival hours are noon – 9 p.m. both Friday and 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, and the festival committee spends many hours over the year preparing for it.  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 surveys.


Those interested in helping in any way should contact volunteer coordinator Sabrina Lewis sabrinalewis1022@hotmail.com or phone 417-274-8060 or 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.

The Old-Time Music, Ozark Heritage Festival is the signature event for West Plains.  The two-day festival seeks to celebrate, preserve, pass on and nurture an appreciation of the old-time music and folk life traditions distinctive to the Ozark Highlands.

Volunteer sign-up form available here.