Ozark National Scenic Riverways Hosts Alley Independence Day Celebration

historic alley spring ice cream vendor tent
Ice cream stand at a traditional picnic gathering at Alley Spring.

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News Release Date: June 18, 2018

Contact: Josh Chilton, 573-226-3945

Contact: Dena Matteson, 573-323-4814

EMINENCE, MO: Ozark National Scenic Riverways will host the annual Alley Spring Independence Day Celebration on Saturday, June 30, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. This event commemorates the traditional picnic celebrations that were held at Alley Spring around the turn of the twentieth century when this area was the social gathering place for local families.  

The sounds of Po’ Anna Bluegrass Band and stomping of the Country Ho' Downers square dance group will ring throughout the valley. Free ice cold watermelon and lemonade will be provided to visitors. The Spring Dipper from Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, will be on site dipping up delicious handmade ice cream. Bring the family and a lawn chair or lawn blanket and take part in one of the classic celebrations that define the Alley Community.

Alley Spring is located five miles west of Eminence, Missouri, on State Route 106. For more information, phone (573) 226-3945, or visit the park’s Facebook page or website at www.nps.gov/ozar

Ozark National Scenic Riverways preserves the free-flowing Current and Jacks Fork Rivers, the surrounding natural resources, and the unique cultural heritage of the Ozark people. For more information visit, www.nps.gov/ozar or call 573-323-4236.


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Last updated: June 18, 2018

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