You don’t have to wait until June 20 and 21 to pick up one of the signature T-shirts of The Old-Time Music, Ozark Heritage Festival. Shirts are now available through Heroes Coffee Café, 1372 Bill Virdon Blvd., and the Ozark Heritage Welcome Center, 2999 Porter Wagoner Blvd., in West Plains, festival organizers announced.
“We’re thrilled officials at Heroes Coffee Café and Ozark Heritage Welcome Center have boosted their support for West Plains’ signature event by selling festival T-shirts, including the internationally known Squirrel Pot Pie shirts designed by West Plains resident Kevin Smith, year round,” organizers said.
Proceeds from the shirt sales go directly to support the festival, held on the third weekend of June each year, organizers said.
The Old-Time Music, Ozark Heritage Festival will celebrate its 20th year this year, and organizers promised attendees will find a variety of activities and events to enjoy from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. both days of the event, including the featured old-time music on the main stage.
In addition, over 100 vendors and demonstrators are expected to fill the festival grounds with their wares, and children can play the games their grandparents and great-grandparents once played in a special children’s area. The always entertaining mule jump competition and the 10th anniversary of the What’s Cookin’ Stage will round out what promises to be a wonderful celebration, organizers added.
Heroes Coffee Café is a locally-owned, full-service coffee and espresso bar and cafe offering gourmet made-to-order sandwiches, homemade soups and salads, baked goods and more. Hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.
Provided as a gift to the community by the Southern Missouri Homebuilders Association in 1997, the Ozark Heritage Welcome Center provides free maps and brochures for West Plains and the surrounding region, a dump station for RVs, picnic tables, free coffee, soda machine, clean restrooms for visitors, local crafts and souvenirs, and Missouri postcards. It is an affiliate of the Missouri Department of Toursim.
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.
Major sponsors 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 about the festival, visit the City of West Plains’ festival site, http://www.westplains.net/