TRADITIONAL ARTS FEATURED
The Old-Time Music, Ozark Heritage Festival features both demonstrations and sales by a wide variety of material artists and craftspeople throughout the two-day event. The Festival in downtown West Plains, Mo., will celebrate its 26th year June 5, 2021. The annual event in downtown West Plains, Mo., celebrates Ozarks music and culture. Festival hours are 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Admission to all festival events is free.
Many of the material arts and crafts originated for entirely utilitarian reasons and were essential for meeting the basic needs of Ozarks residents in past generations. As a result of changes in the region’s economy, especially the increased availability of manufactured goods since the mid-twentieth century, such arts and crafts are no longer practical necessities, but many talented artisans and craftspeople in the Ozarks continue to practice them both as outlets for their creativity and as means of celebrating the region’s rich cultural heritage.
In many cases, these crafts and art forms have incorporated more aesthetic elements as they have evolved over time, and artistry now takes precedence over functionality in the work of many of their practitioners, though this is certainly not always the case.
Some of the artisans and craftspeople who participate in the Old-Time Music, Ozark Heritage Festival practice their arts and crafts as living traditions, and their work reflects ongoing developments within those traditions, including, in some cases, their own innovations. Other participants in the festival are historical re-enactors who strive to practice their arts and crafts as they were practiced generations ago. Some have products available for purchase; all of them encourage festival goers to observe their work and learn about it.
Artisans/Demonstrators Participating in the 2021 Festival are:
Booger County Knappers Club – Flint Knappers
DOMINION – Barbara Williams – Collage and spinning – West Plains, MO
Adele Voss – West Plains, MO
Elohi Spirit Gourds – Pottersville, MO
Ozarks Older Iron Club – Cabool, MO
Diane Phillips – Basketmaker – Thayer, MO
Quiet Lady Ent./Lyn Barnes – Beadwork – Caulfield, MO
Leona Reed – Counted Cross Stitch – West Plains, MO
South Central Missouri Kennel Club – Willow Springs, MO
Go Farm Market – West Plains, MO
Participating members include:
Bountiful Blackberries blackberry plants and herbs
Crystal Infusion – All natural Herbal tinctures, detergent free exfoliating goat soaps, facial scrubs. Solid perfume and jewelry.
Dream Weaver Haven – produce, embroidered towels, spices
Falling Springs Farm – Kombucha on tap, kefir, kimchi, sauerkrauts, keto foods, iced coffees, bubble tea (need electric for keezer)
Jus’ Farming – Non-GMO feed, free range, whole chickens and eggs, non-GMO pastured pork, non-GMO pastured lamb
Lilly’s Hand-Crafts – crocheted animals and more
Ozark Custom Art – custom wood burning and custom wood carving
Philbrick Nursery – succulents and cactus
Rustic Waters Homestead – Goat Milk Fudge, Chocolate Sauce, Caramel Sauce, Goat Milk Soaps, Goat Milk Lotions
Secret Springs Farm – Elderberry Syrup and jelly, Elderberry infused honey and vinegar, Elderberry Shrub, soaps, balms, wildcraft herb,
Three Oaks Farm/Ozark Fruit Company- – Jams and Syrups from local Ozark Fruits – Blackberry, Strawberry, Blueberry, Raspberry, Peach, Apple Pie, Concord Grape, Jalapeno Jam Blackberry, Raspberry and Peach The Whimsical Woodworker
West Plains Area Farmers Market – West Plains, MO
Participating members include:
Jolliff Farms – Organic vegetables, artisan breads, gluten-free items
Thunder Mountain Farm – Chocolates, caramels, and baked goodies
Kelly Hollow Farms – pasture-raised poultry, rabbit, grass-fed beef, homemade jams, custom embroidery