The Old Time Music, Ozark Heritage Festival will celebrate Missouri culture Friday and Saturday, June 7 and 8. 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.-8 p.m. each day, with music scheduled to begin at noon.

Saturday morning will kick off the 5th Annual Pie Competition. This year there will again be a youth division and prize money! The youth division is open for any pie made by children 15 years old and younger. Thanks to our generous sponsor, Representative David P. Evans, prize money in the amounts of $30, $20, and $10 will be awarded to 1st through 3rd place youth bakers. The 1st place winner will also receive an inscribed pie plate.

The adult division will include three categories:

  • fruit pies, such as apple, cherry, banana cream, key lime
  • other dessert pies, such as pecan, peanut butter, chocolate, shoofly
  • and savory pie, such as spinach, tomato, quiche. 

Prize money in the amounts of $50, $30, and $20 will be awarded for 1st through 3rd places in each category along with an inscribed pie plate for 1st place winners. The grand prize baker will receive $100 and an inscribed pie plate!

To enter, bring your pie to the Redbud Room at the West Plains Civic Center on Saturday June 8 between 10:00 and 10:45 a.m.  Judging by a select group of experts begins shortly after, with awards announced (and samples offered) in the Brush Arbor at 12:45.  PLEASE BE PRESENT FOR THE AWARDS!

Pies should be prepared “from scratch.”  Homemade crust is preferred. Pies should be brought in non-returnable tins. Multiple entries in one category are allowed. We invite you to include your recipe for future promotion and acknowledgement.

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.

2024 Festival partners include the West Plains Council on the Arts, the City of West Plains, the Ozark Heritage Welcome Center, West Plains Civic Center, Missouri Humanities, and Missouri State University-West Plains.  Partial funding for this event is provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.

                For more information on the festival email, visit the website at http://www.oldtimemusic​.​org, or “like” the Facebook page at

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