The 22nd North Arkansas Ancestor Fair will be held Friday, June 3rd and Saturday, June 4th, in Marshall , AR. This year the theme will be the Civil War Sesquicentennial, and the talks on Friday will be about what happened in 1861 in North Arkansas and about researching Confederate and Union Soldier ancestors. Saturday will be devoted to family historians swapping information, but there will also be the opportunity to get help writing family reminiscences about the Civil War.
The North Arkansas Ancestor Fair is the longest running genealogical event of its kind in North Arkansas. It has two sections: on Friday, there are speakers who talk about subjects of interest to genealogists and family historians; on Saturday family genealogists are provided tables and chairs so they can visit and swap information with the public, who have com to see what information is available. North Arkansas county genealogical and historical societies have tables to offer information, publications for sale and to attract new members.
This year, there will be enough seating for both Friday and Saturday events so that advance registration is not necessary, but early arrivals will get the best seats, or table locations. Friday’s talks will be held at the new VFW building, located just north of the Stoplight, and Northeast of Highway 65. Russell Baker, Arkansas History Commission-Retired and perhaps the most knowledgeable person on Arkansas research, will speak from 9:30am on “Finding Confederate and Union Ancestors”. He will also have a fillip on results of DNA tests on a couple of Newton/Searcy county families. Friday afternoon, James Johnston, Searcy County historian, will tell about what happened in Searcy and surrounding counties in 1861. This will include the formation, betrayal and capture of the Peace Society and the Chain Gang that took them to Little Rock. This will be followed by a discussion group where attendees will be invited to tell their family stories of the Chain Gang. Friday’s lectures cost $7.50 for a half day or $10.00 for all day, which will be collected at the door. The Discussion Group is free and everyone is encouraged to attend.
Friday night there will be a Mixer Dinner – place to be announced – where folks can mingle, visit, meet new-found kin, and get a start on Saturday’s ancestor hunting. There is usually some musical entertainment as well.
Saturday’s Genealogical Swap Meet at the Searcy County Civic Center on Zack Road is free all day for providers who want table and chairs for their information and wares and for the public who only want to browse. The doors are open at 8:00 am to set up for providers of information and wares, and are open at 9:00 am for the public.
The Ancestor Fair has drawn as many as 500 in years past, but recently the numbers have declined. However, the sponsor, Searcy County Historical Society, expects the Civil War Sesquicentennial theme will attract over 200 visitors this year.
Beard & Mustache competition, benefiting Isabel’s House: The Crisis Nursery of the Ozarks. Saturday, June 04, 2011 from 8:00 PM – 1:00 AM. at Patton Alley Pub, local men will be judged on their facial hair in a number of categories, including “Mustache, Natural”, “Mustache, Styled”, “Partial Beard-Natural” and so on. There’s even a “Fake Beard” category. Among the judges will be Devin Cara, who currently holds 3rd place in the world in the Garibaldi category, and his wife Kelly, who ha been to two world competitions. Christian Hutson of Just For Him will also judge. Drinks and other fun will be there throughout the night.
Registration is from 6:45-7:45 p.m.. The contest will probably last until 10 p.m., with Deep Fried Squirrel playing afterwards. Registration is $10 at the door, or you can register online at queencitybeards.com. Also visit the website to learn more.
Hometown boys “The Ozark Mountain Daredevils” will headline Pedalers Jamboree this weekend May 28-29, 2011!
The Pedaler’s Jamboree is Missouri’s first bike- powered music and camping festival! Welcome in the summer with a slow paced, family friendly, two wheeled celebration on the Katy Trail! With six stages of staggered live music, a main stage party in Boonville and 75 miles of great riding, this is a two day event not to be missed!
Saturday May 28th in Columbia
Check in/registration and departure from Shilo Bar & Grill, 8-10 am.
Bicyclist’s Breakfast Shiloh Bar & Grill and Broadway Diner
Broadway Diner: Breakfast Buffet – $6.99 all you can eat
Shiloh Bar & Grill: Grandma Millie’s famous egg and cheese casserole Hash Browns – Fruit Plate
Massages available from Cherry Hill Massage
MTK Trail to Katy Trail.
Mile 3 = Habitat for Humanity fueling station with free Pop Chips/water/bananas!
6 more miles on MKT to Katy Trail. Stop at your leisure. Take a right turn at Katy Trail.
Katfish Katy’s – Food and Drinks available
The BluesSlingers – Music from 10 am – 1:30 pm
Trail Side Cafe – Plenty of food options
Shea and Silverstreak – Music from 11 am – 1 pm
General Store – Food, beer and wine
“Big Muddy Oasis” – Rocheport City Park – Food specials & beer garden
The Bait Shop Boys – Music from 11 am – 1 pm
Les Bourgeois Winery – Food, beer and wine
Man in the Ring – Music from 3 pm – Dusk
“Tallgrass Oasis” at Katy Roundhouse – Food – Beer – Yummies
Man In the Ring – Music from 1pm – 3pm
Decadent Nation Acoustic – Music from 3pm – 5pm
Live music on Main Street all day long
Festival at Kemper Park
3pm – Acoustic Jams
Featuring: “Yes Dear”, “Mario Pascal”
6pm – Artie’s Univibe
7:15pm – Ha Ha Tonka (More Homies)
9pm – The Ozark Mountain Daredevils
Breakfast available at Kemper Park Sunday morning from WJ’s Bar
Depart Boonville at your leisure and return east on the Katy Trail.
Travel back to the Katy & MKT trailhead and back to Columbia.
“Tallgrass Oasis” – Katy Roundhouse
Sugar Tree Road – Music from 8am – 10am – Breakfast food options
TrailSide Cafe – Plenty of food options – Open at 8 am
Shea and Silverstreak – Music from 10 am – 12 pm
“Big Muddy Oasis” – Food specials & beer garden
The Mere Mortals – Music from 10 am – 1 pm
Les Bourgeois Winery – Food and wine
Raven Wolf Jennings – Music from 12 pm – 5 pm
Katfish Katy’s – Food and drinks – down at the River Stage
The Honky Tonk and Blues Jam – Music from 1 pm – 5 pm
Bag pick up available from noon – 5 pm
Shiloh Bar & Grill – Pizza, burgers & drink specials
Band TBA – Music from 12 pm – 3 pm
Broadway Diner – Buffet all day
Cherry Hill Massage – Massages all day
Broadway Brewery – Great food and handcrafted beer
and for the Kemper festival (non-cyclists) in Boonville
The 10,000 Garden Challenge is headed to Springfield, Mo. The Missouri Department of Agriculture will visit the “A Tribute to the Red, White & Blue: A Patriotic Flower Show” event, Friday, May 27 to register gardens, share gardening advice and encourage Missourians to participate in the Challenge.
The 10,000 Garden Challenge is an initiative to register 10,000 Missouri gardens to promote agriculture, gardening, health and nutrition. Department staff will be at the Library Center in Springfield, Mo. from noon to 8:30 p.m. to add to the more than 3,100 gardens already registered at AgriMissouri.com.
On March 14, Governor Nixon, the First Lady, and Director Jon Hagler of the Missouri Department of Agriculture challenged Missourians to register 10,000 gardens in the state of Missouri and put them on a map to promote gardening, health and nutrition throughout the state.
The Galena Farmers And Crafters Market kicked off it’s 2011 season earlier this month and by all accounts it was a success. More vendors are needed to supply spring produce including lettuce, cauliflower, cabbage and onions. Fee’s are $10 and according to Debbie Bridges you can sell all summer long! It is a perfect way for the community to come together and provide fresh fruits and vegetables, canned goods and local crafts for our community and visitors alike. And once a month on Saturday’s we can all enjoy some family entertainment! For more information on how to join call Debbie Bridges at 417-559- 1089 or Connie Johnson at 417- 357-6061
The Crane Creek Market also looking for vendors
Crane Creek Market opens at 8:00 a.m. till noon every Saturday. Located on highway 413 at the old grocery store parking lot. There is still vendor space available. Vendors that have not already signed up are welcome to come that morning, and remember that everything must be locally produced, homemade or handmade. There will not be any fees for vendors. The are also looking for local musicians so grab your fiddles, guitars and banjos for an hometown jam session. Come join us Saturday to sell or shop and support your local community. Contact Patty at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and with any questions.