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Contact: Dena Matteson, 573-323-8028
VAN BUREN, MO –Ozark National Scenic Riverways will be hosting the Ozark Heritage Day Event at Big Spring on Saturday, June 11, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The picking of banjos, the clanking of a hammer striking an anvil, the stomping of feet, and the neighing of a horse are just some of the sights and sounds visitors can experience during Ozark Heritage Day.The Ozark Depression Homestead at Big Spring will come alive with high stepping cloggers, bluegrass music, storytelling and Ozark folkway demonstrations during this free event.All are welcome.
Journey into the past and experience old time traditional skills and craft demonstrations.Wool spinning, pottery, woodworking, chair caning, quilting, fiddle making, blacksmithing, and lye soap making are just some of the traditional Ozark lifeways demonstrated.Watch and learn some traditional Ozark dance moves by joining in on the clogging demonstrations by the Fireside Cloggers.Wear your dancing shoes and bring a blanket or lawn chair for the entertainment.Traditional bluegrass music by Buzzard Run will abound featuring fiddle, banjo and the old time "Walking Cane" dulcimer.Youngsters can enjoy playing old fashioned games.Food will be available for purchase from a local vendor.
Big Spring is located four miles south of Van Buren, Missouri, on State Route 103.For more information, phone (573) 323-4236 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., or visit the park's 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.