Pickin’ Encouraged



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.

               “Musicians are a special breed. We’ve always known that,” organizers say. “But this year it’s hoped they will take advantage of the extra canopies and chairs provided around the Festival campus. Music around the grounds helps everyone feel more ‘at home’ and may just introduce some new folks to the old-time music we love.”

               Organizers are hoping the old “You can lead a horse to water…..” adage won’t apply. Please bring your instruments and help celebrate!

The Old-Time Music, Ozark Heritage Festival is the signature event for West Plains.  The 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