Bucket Brigade



The Old-Time Music, Ozark Heritage Festival will be held June 5, 2021, in and around the West Plains Civic Center. The annual event in downtown West Plains, Mo., celebrates Ozarks music and culture.  Admission to all festival events is free. Festival hours are 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday.

Children’s Activity Area

Head Start staff will host children’s activities, 3-7 p.m. Saturday, June 5. The activities this year will be in the grassy area near the outside stage on the Civic Center East lawn. Unplug and enjoy Make and Take Maracas, playdough, bubbles, can bowling, hopscotch and button on a string. All free courtesy of Ozark Action’s Head Start!

Bucket Brigade

Chief Joe Auffert and friends from the Howell Rural Fire Department will once again provide fun and excitement at the Old-Time Music, Ozark Heritage Festival for all who wish to participate. Young competitors are the focus of this event, but all ages are welcome!

Bucket Brigade competitions will take place at the “fire house” which will be placed near the Children’s Activities area.  Events are scheduled for noon. 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday, June 5.

Come join in what is probably the wettest event at the Festival! Form a team and compete with your friends!

A bucket brigade is a method for transporting items passed from one stationary person to the next. The method was important in firefighting before the advent of hand pumped fire engines, whereby firefighters would pass buckets to each other to extinguish a blaze. This technique is still common where using machines to move water, supplies, or other items would be impractical.

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.

               2021 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