Historical Bus Tour

AidOlderPhotoA group of West Plains’ history buffs have organized this year to add an Historical Bus Tour to the activities at the Old-Time Music, Ozark Heritage Festival. The Festival in downtown West Plains, Mo., will celebrate its 23rd year Friday and Saturday, June 2 and 3, 2017. The two-day annual event in downtown West Plains, Mo., celebrates Ozarks music and culture. Festival hours are 3 – 10 p.m. both days. Admission to all festival events is free.

               The bus tour will begin at 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 3, leaving from the West entrance of the West Plains Civic Center. The tour will be conducted by local historians, and include stops at Oak Lawn Cemetery, and the historical downtown area, among others. Topics will include the Dance Hall Explosion, Civil War sites, settlement, and other historical highlights of West Plains. The tour is estimated to run upwards of an hour.

               A sign-up sheet for the tour will be located at the Festival information booth inside the Civic Center lobby. Seats are limited, so be sure to sign up early.

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.


               2017 Festival partners include the West Plains Council on the Arts, the City of West Plains, the Ozark Heritage Welcome Center, West Plains Civic Center, and Missouri State University-West Plains.  Partial funding for this event was provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.


               For more information on the festival e-mail info@westplainsarts.org, visit the website at http://www.oldtimemusic​.​org, or “like” the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Old.Time.Music.Festival