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 27th year June 3 and 4, 2022. 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 2022 Festival are:
Knappers Club –
Machine Demo –
Past Festival Quilt
display provided by
Storytelling on the
Square by Danette
DOMINION Ozarks Retreat – Barbara Williams – Pottery and spinning
Meadowbrook Mercantile – Adele Voss – West Plains, MO
Sam Dyer, Jr. – Pen & Ink Drawing – Springfield, MO
Diane Phillips –
Quiet Lady Ent./Lyn Barnes – Beadwork – Caulfield, MO
Yellow House Community Arts Center – Pottery of Pat Hight
Spinner Margo Wendt – Alton, MO
West Plains, MO
Participating members include:
Falling Springs Farm – Kombucha and Fine Ferments, 6 flavors of ice cold kombucha on tap, by the cup, bottle, or growler, sauerkrauts: kimchi, curtido, lemon dill, and blaukraut, Keto bagels and peanut butter chocolate chip cookie bars, Iced coffee, including keto options, Bubble tea with popping boba
Kaylee’s Coffee & Bubble Teas –
Lyric-Lane – Shampoo bars, soap bars, sugar scrubs, lip balms, roller perfumes, lotion bars, beard balm, beard oil, and car diffusers
Ozark Fruit Co. – local raw honey, and Jams and Syrups in the flavors of Blackberry, Strawberry, Blueberry, Rasperry, Peach, Concord Grape and Apple Pie.
Ozark Wood Artisan
Rustic Waters Homestead – Goat Milk Spoon Fudgey Fudge (various flavors), Goat Milk Soap, Goat Milk Lotion, Beard Oils.
Food: Empanadas (hot Cuban hand pies), Cuban Bread.
Cookies by Farm Girl Treats: French Macarons, Sourdough Chocolate Chip Cookies, Sugar Cookies, Brownies
Three Oaks Farm– – 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
Taylor‘s Tidbits and Treats – lanyards, chapstick holders, key fobs, baby bibs, burp cloths, tissue pouches, cads, dog bandannas, stuffed animals, and coasters. Along with these handmade items, also selling edible treats such as “shark teeth” and “puppy chow” for people. And items for our four-legged friends: dog bandannas and homemade dog treats.
Participating members include:
Jolliff Farms – Organic vegetables, artisan breads, gluten-free items
Sassy Tumblers and More
Kelly Hollow Farms – pasture-raised poultry, rabbit, grass-fed beef, homemade jams, custom embroidery